Mother of ‘affluenza teen’ arrested again

Tonya Couch, 50, was on Wednesday arrested for violating the terms of her probation.

(Tarrant County Jail)

The mother of Ethan Couch, the infamous “affluenza” teen who was sentenced for a fatal drunk driving accident, was on Wednesday arrested for violating the terms of her probation.

Tonya Couch, 50, was booked into the Tarrant County Jail in Texas for failing a urinalysis test, a county official told Fox News. It was not immediately clear what substance caused her to fail the test.


Prosecutors claimed in June 2017 that the Bank had violated her bond by drinking alcohol.

Bank is currently facing the charges of money laundering and obstructing the apprehension of a fugitive for the help of her son, Ethan, escape to the country in 2015, while he was on trial.

Ethan Couch, the ‘affluenza’ teen will be brought to the court for its adult hearing in Fort Worth, Texas on April 13, 2016.

(Fort Worth Star-Telegram/Max Faulkner/Pool via REUTERS)

The two fled to Mexico, after Ethan, now 20, was filmed drinking alcohol at a party, that was a violation of his probation.

They were tracked down and arrested in Puerto Vallarta after the police traced their mobile phone, after she tried to order a Domino’s pizza. The two were sent back to the US.

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Tonya’s arrest came just days before Ethan was scheduled to be released from prison on 2 April, after a stay of two years behind bars.

Ethan was sentenced in April 2016 to 720 days in jail — 180 days for each of the four people he killed when he was drunk driving in 2013 at the age of 16. His blood alcohol level proved to be three times the legal limit for adult drivers.

He was initially sentenced to probation for his actions, but it was revoked for drinking alcohol.

A psychologist in his murder trial the guilt of Ethan’s actions on ‘affluenza’ or irresponsibility by family wealth.

He will serve several years of probation upon release from prison. Fox 4 reported Ethan will be required to wear a single display from 9 hours to 8 hours and ride with a camera-equipped ignition interlock device, and submit to daily drug and alcohol testing.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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