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Deported from Mexico, ‘affluenza’ teen Ethan Couch arrives in Texas

Ethan Couch

Ethan Couch is seen after he was taken into custody in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, on Dec. 28, 2015. 

(Associated Press)

“Affluenza” teenager Ethan Couch has arrived in Texas after being deported from Mexico.

The 18-year-old arrived on a flight at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport late Thursday morning. He could be seen walking through the airport escorted by law enforcement.

Investigators believe Couch and his mother fled to Mexico in early December, as Texas prosecutors investigated whether he violated his probation in a 2013 drunken-driving wreck that killed four people.

Couch and his mother were apprehended on Dec. 28 in Puerto Vallarta.


His mother was quickly deported. Couch initially won a court-ordered delay, but his attorneys recently dropped the deportation fight, saying his rights were protected by Mexican authorities.

During Couch’s trial in the drunken-driving case, a defense expert argued that Couch had been coddled into a sense of irresponsibility by his wealthy parents, a condition the expert called “affluenza.”


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