Search Expands for ‘Affluenza’ Teen Ethan Couch and His Mother

Stephen A. Crockett Jr.
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U.S. marshals have released a wanted poster and reward for missing "affluenza" teen Ethan Couch, who authorities say violated probation earlier this month and is believed to be on the run.

Police also added Couch's mother, Tonya Couch, to the missing-person list, since she is believed to have fled with her son, ABC News reports. Ethan Couch, now 18, made national news in 2013 after he used a defense of "affluenza" to avoid jail time for killing four people and paralyzing another in a drunken-driving crash.


Affluenza, his lawyers argued, is an affliction of wealth in which Couch had never faced the consequences of his actions. Couch was given 10 years' probation.

"I said then, we're not through with Ethan Couch—he's not the kind of person who rehabilitates, who learns his lesson," Sheriff Dee Anderson said at a news conference Monday, Dallas Morning News reports.

Earlier this month, video surfaced on social media showing Ethan Couch at a beer pong party, which would have been a violation of his probation. On Dec. 11 Couch failed to check in with his probation officer, and he has been missing ever since.

"He continues to believe the law doesn't apply to him, which is how he was raised," Anderson said, according to the Morning News. "If he has enough money, he can get out of it."


Police officials are offering a $5,000 reward for information that leads to his capture.

"Hopefully, we will be able to hold him accountable … and make him pay a price, since he hasn't had to do that so far," Anderson said.


Read more at ABC News and the Dallas Morning News.

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