Couch had vanished and violated probation conditions after being convicted of drunk driving and killing four victims in a crash.
By H. Nelson Goodson
Hispanic News Network U.S.A.
December 28, 2015
Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco, Mexico – Mexican federal authorities have confirmed that Ethan Anthony Couch, 18, aka, “Affluenza” who was wanted in Tarrant County in Texas for violating probation has been taken into custody. Couch was convicted two years ago for driving under the influence of alcohol and killing four people and seriously injured two other victims in a crash in Burleson, just South of Fort Worth. Couch went missing last month after a video surfaced showing him at a teen beer pong party.
The U.S. Marshal Service and the FBI searched for Couch and his mother, Tonya Couch, 48, who also went missing. She was arrested along with Couch in Puerto Vallarta after giving false statements and names, according to Mexican authorities in Jalisco.
Couch is facing a petition to transfer his juvenile conviction and sentence to adult court in Tarrant County. Tonya is facing a felony charge for hindering apprehension and if convicted, she is facing from 2 to 10 years in prison.
Tonya had voluntarily decided to leave Mexico by Wednesday and return to Texas, but her attorney filed for a stay in the voluntary departure and will remain in Mexico with Couch for an extra three days. Their tourist Mexican visas had expired and are being held by Mexican immigration authorities in Jalisco.
The U.S. will seek an extradition request for both Tonya and her son, if they refuse to return to Texas.
Tonya could attempt to bribe Mexican immigration authorities to grant her and her son asylum until he turns 19, so he will no longer be held accountable for his conviction as a juvenile for driving under the influence of alcohol causing the death of four victims in 2013.