The U.S. Marshals Office says that Mexican authorities are treating Ethan and Tonya Couch as “undesirables”.
According to the terms of his probation, Couch wasn’t allowed to drink or take drugs, and had to undergo therapy and live away from his parents, who were blamed for his reckless behavior. The term “affluenza teen” came into play, although it is not a condition recognized by the American Psychiatric Association.
Ethan Couch, 18, dyed his fair hair black to disguise himself in Puerto Vallarta, while his mother, Tonya Couch (right) reportedly cut her hair short.
The Associated Press reports that the mother and son criminal duo were caught after they ordered delivery from the fast food chain. The Couches then moved to an apartment, and the agents set up a surveillance operation in the surrounding streets.
CNN first reported Monday evening that the Couches had been tracked down in Mexico.
The police report says they claimed to be carrying no identification and gave inconsistent stories about their names. “It is an anomaly of Texas law that if we revoke his juvenile sentence he would stay in a juvenile facility until his 19 birthday, which is April 11 of next year”.
In his closing statements, Richard Alpert, Tarrant County assistant district attorney, argued that if given a light sentence, Couch would likely veer off the path.
“They had planned to disappear”. “I don’t have any information about anybody assisting”, and it remains unclear whether anyone else knew they meant to flee, he said, but that remains under investigation.
Beyond that punishment for the drunken driving, prosecutors said they are considering new charges for Couch fleeing the country – which he achieved with help of his mom.
Couch skipped a meeting with his probation officer earlier this month, after video surfaced, allegedly showing the teen at a party where people were drinking alcohol and playing beer pong.
Ethan Couch, now 18, was placed on probation in Texas after a deadly drunken driving wreck.
Tarrant County District Attorney Sharen Wilson said that she expected the judge to hold Couch after his juvenile hearing, and that she hoped it would be in an adult jail. If he violates probation, he could face up to 10 years in prison per death, Wilson said.
An arrest warrant charging hindering and apprehension will be issued for Tonya Couch, Tarrant County Sheriff Dee Anderson said Tuesday. “The problem with it was, as you can imagine, Puerto Vallarta at Christmas time, a tremendous amount of tourists down there, so American people were prevalent everywhere, it wouldn’t be somewhere they were going to stick out”, he said.
Ricardo Ariel Vera, the representative of Mexico’s immigration institute in Jalisco state, said the mother and son were being held at immigration offices in Guadalajara and would be returned to the United States aboard a commercial flight to Houston.
In a statement released Tuesday, Couch’s attorneys, Reagan Wynn and Scott Brown, said, “At this point, we have not had an opportunity to speak with our client and we do not anticipate being able to do so unless and until he arrives in the United States”.
Speeding along in a Ford F-350 truck owned by his daddy’s sheet metal company with a blood alcohol level three times the legal adult limit, plus Valium and marijuana in his system, Couch took them all out.
He pleaded guilty to four counts of intoxication manslaughter and two counts of intoxication assault causing serious bodily injury.
As it pertains to Couch’s conviction DA Wilson explained, “We are bound by the sentence that he received from the juvenile court – which was a 10-year probated sentence”.
Dr. Gary Buffone, a Florida psychologist who does family wealth advising, told The Huffington Post that Ethan’s “defense is laughable” and “being reinforced by the judge’s actions”.