You may remember the incident where rich kid Ethan Couch received only probation for causing a drunken driving crash that killed four people. His defense attorneys argued that he suffered from “affluenza” which translates into “his parents let him be a rich brat and didn’t set enough limits for him.” The verdict caused massive outrage at the time and rightly so because it sent the message that justice for the rich and privileged is different from justice for the rest of us. However, now he is back in custody and it’s going to be a lot worse for him this time around.
Mexican authorities have detained Couch and his mother while they were on the run from U.S. authorities in the town of Puerto Vallarta.
Couch and his mother suddenly vanished together earlier in December, when a video of him surfaced allegedly showing him at a party where Alcohol was being consumed. His probation officer discovered he was missing when attempts to contact him failed. After that, a warrant had been issued for Couch to be taken into custody for violating the terms of his probation.
Fleeing the country over a video of yourself being at a party where alcohol was being consumed is not usually someone’s first reaction. However, in Couch’s case, any violation of his probation would have resulted in him being forced to serve up to 10 years in prison.
When Couch’s lawyers were contacted to try to confirm if it actually was him in the video, they indicated they were aware authorities were investigating into the video to determine its authenticity. However, they said, “It would not be prudent for us to make any further statement on Ethan’s behalf until the investigations are concluded and it is determined what, if any, action will be taken against him.”
Couch is currently awaiting transfer to Texas where he will be turned over to the U.S. Marshals service, who have spent the past few weeks searching for him.
Featured image via screen capture