The "affluenza" teen is once again in police custody after weeks on the run, and he may finally face jail time.
Ethan Couch, the drunk-driving Texas teenager who avoided time behind barsdespite killing four people in a 2013 car crash when his defense team argued his privileged upbringing contributed to his behavior, was detained in Mexico with his mother after fleeing from police.
The Jalisco State Prosecutor's office confirmed in a statement that Couch and his mother Tonya were taken into custody in the resort city of Puerto Vallarta on Monday night.
The pair were turned over to immigration officials after a medical check and will soon be returned to the U.S., according to the prosecutor.
Couch, who is now 18, was sentenced to 10 years of probation in 2013 and ordered to enter rehab. As part of his probation he was not allowed to drive, drink alcohol or use drugs.
But after a video of Couch playing a drinking game began circulating in early December, he failed to meet with his probation officer.
Soon after, he and his mother went missing, in direct violation of his probation.
Police issued an arrest warrant for Couch in mid-December and appealed to the public for any information on his whereabouts. His father said he had not heard from his son in weeks.
The U.S. Marshalls and the FBI were also involved in the search for the mother and son. In a photo released by the Jalisco State Prosecutor's office, Couch appeared to have dyed his hair black.
Couch was 16 when he plowed into a group of people in Burleson, Texas, while driving drunk after a party.
If he is found to have violated any of his parole terms, Couch could face a jail sentence of up to 10 years, the Tarrant County District Attorney’s office said.
His mother was declared a missing person when she also could not be located, but the Tarrant County Sheriff's office said she was believed to be helping her son. An arrest warrant was also been issued for her.
The pair allegedly threw a goodbye party before heading to the Mexican border, according to the sheriff's office.
Now that he has been arrested, it is unclear if and when he will be charged. Tonya Couch could also face criminal charges for her role.
On June 15, 2013, Couch was driving under the influence of alcohol, Valium, and marijuana and crashed his pick-up truck into a car that had broke down and was parked on the side of the road in Burleson, Texas. Four people working on the car were killed. Two passengers riding in Couch's truck were also critically injured.
During Couch's trial, Dr. G. Dick Miller testified on Couch's behalf saying that Couch suffered from "affluenza," which he defined as an inability to tell right from wrong due to his upbringing in an affluent family.
He was, his lawyer said, the product of "dysfunctional" millionaire parents.
The judge's decision to hand Couch such a lenient probation sentence was met by backlash from the families of the victims and was scrutinized nationally.
Several families filed lawsuits against Couch after the sentencing, with the final settlement announced in October 2015.
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Hmmmm!!!...A product of dysfunctional Millionaire parents!