‘Affluenza Teen’ Formally Drops Deportation Fight

Ethan Couch will return to Texas to face charges of violating probation

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Ethan Couch, the Texas teen who used an “affluenza” defense in a fatal drunk driving accident, officially ended his battle against deportation from Mexico today, just as The National ENQUIRER reported he would last week.

He could be extradited to the U.S. as soon as late today.

“I believe [Ethan] is relieved to be coming back,” said Ethan’s Mexican attorney, Fernando Benitez. “I think he has come to terms with this.

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“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.”

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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.

That’s when Ethan and his mother, Tonya, fled the country. As The ENQUIRER reported, they were captured in Mexico last month after using a cell phone to order a pizza.

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.