Tonya Couch, Mother of “Affluenza” Teen, Arrested for Failing Drug Test

Ethan Couch was allegedly helped by his mother, Tonya Couch, flee to Mexico in 2015, which was a clear violation of his probation terms. She was released on a bond and awaiting trial when she was arrested on March 28, 2018, for failing a drug test. Find out more about the mother of the “affluenza” son here.

Ethan Couch’s mother, Tonya Couch, age 50, was arrested on Wednesday (March 28) for violating probation in Fort Worth, Texas. She was booked into the Tarrant County Jail. Court documents show that she failed a urine test required as a condition of her bond, but didn’t release details about the substances found in the urinalysis.

A Deadly Collision

Ethan Couch killed four people with his truck while driving under the influence of alcohol and drugs on June 15, 2013, in Burleson, Texas. At the time, he drove with a restricted license and was speeding in a residential area.

He lost control of his truck and plunged right into a group of people who were helping another driver with a disabled SUV. Four people died in this collision, and a total of nine were injured, including one who suffered complete paralysis.

Suffering from “Affluenza”

Ethan was indicted on four counts of intoxication manslaughter for driving recklessly under the influence. In December 2013, he was sentenced to 10 years probation, and therapy at a long-term in-patient facility. His attorneys successfully argued that he had “affluenza,” and needed to be rehabilitated instead of being sent to prison. The term “affluenza” is used to describe an inability to understand the consequences of one’s actions because of financial privilege.

Ethan did not meet the terms of his probation, and was the subject of a manhunt in December 2015. He and his mother were finally detained in the Mexican resort city of Puerto Vallarta, Jalisco.

Mother Faces Charges for Helping Fugitive Son

Tonya Couch faces charges of hindering apprehension of a felon, and money laundering related to the events of December 2015. Incredibly, Ethan is scheduled to be released from jail on Monday, April 2, 2018, after serving two years in prison for his probation violation.

Tonya was warned by the court in June 2017 to “use common sense” pending her trial. Now, a Texas judge revoked her bond and she was arrested. A horrible crash that happened more than four years ago continues to have implications on those connected to it even today.


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