Ethan Couch touched down at Dallas Fort Worth Airport in Texas today, finally ending the long manhunt for the notorious ‘affluenza teen’ who fled to Mexico with his mother to avoid the consequences of allegedly violating his probation.
Ethan, 18, was met by U.S. immigration officials who kept a close eye on the flight-prone young man as they walked through the terminal.
He arrived aboard a commercial AeroMexico flight that left Mexico City Airport earlier today.
Ethan was marched to the plane by four guards from an immigration holding center, according to Mexico’s immigration institute. He was wearing a camouflage-print hoodie.
“He decided that he would much rather face American justice than drag it out here in Mexico,” Benitez said.
“I gave him several options, but he decided to go to Texas to face whatever charges he faces,” Benitez added.
During his trial for killing four people while driving drunk, Ethan’s defense team said his parents had raised him in such an environment of wealth and privilege that Ethan didn’t understand right from wrong — a condition an expert dubbed “affluenza.”
Ethan was given 10 years’ probation in that case. He is facing a hearing to decide whether he violated that probation when he was allegedly seen in a recent video depicting a drinking game involving alcohol.
Tonya was immediately deported to the U.S., but Ethan filed motions to delay his extradition. She was charged with hindering the apprehension of a felon, and could face up to 10 years in prison.