Frederick Couch was arrested Tuesday morning in North Richland Hills on a warrant that alleges he falsely identified himself as a police officer to authorities, according to the station.
Tarrant County Sheriff Dee Anderson said year-old Ethan Couch who was on juvenile probation after killing four people in a drunken driving wreck and his mother had prepared to be gone a while, even dyeing Couch's blond hair black, before being detained Monday in the Pacific Coast city of Puerto Vallarta.
They even had something that was almost akin to a going-away party before leaving town," Anderson said. He would not give details about the event, including how many people attended.
During the sentencing phase of Couch's trial, a defense expert argued that his wealthy parents coddled him into a sense of irresponsibility a condition the expert termed "affluenza.
Couch disappeared as authorities investigated whether he had violated the terms of his probation. Anderson said Couch and his mother, Tonya Couch, apparently crossed the border in her pickup and drove to Puerto Vallarta. It was not clear whether they had any accomplices.
No immediate charges were planned for others who may have known about or assisted with the flight plan, Anderson said.
He said authorities have no evidence that Ethan Couch's father, who owns a sheet metal factory in North Texas, was involved. Jalisco state prosecutor Eduardo Almaguer Ramirez said U.
Marshals Service agent tipped authorities in Mexico to the location of the phone on Monday, according to a police report issued by the Jalisco state prosecutors' office.
The phone had been used to order pizza for a room at a condominium complex in the beach resort city. When agents went to the condo, the Couches had already moved on, but a tourism operator pointed agents to the mother and son's new home at an apartment in Puerto Vallarta's old town.
Agents set up a surveillance operation in the area and found the Couches that night. The police report says they claimed to be carrying no identification and gave inconsistent stories about their names. They were taken into custody and handed over to Immigration officials.
Anderson noted that Ethan Couch's hair was "markedly different. The sheriff has said he believes the two fled in late November after a video surfaced that appears to show Couch at a party where people were drinking.
If found to be drinking, Couch's probation could be revoked and he could face up to four months in jail. Once returned to Texas, Couch will be held in a Tarrant County facility until a probation violation hearing next month. Anderson said an arrest warrant was being issued for Tonya Couch on charges of hindering an apprehension, a third-degree felony that carries a sentence of two to 10 years in prison.
Couch would then face up to days in an adult jail, followed by 10 years' probation.
If he violates probation, he could face up to 10 years in prison per death, Wilson said. If the judge declines to transfer Couch to adult court, Wilson will ask that his probation be revoked, in which case he could be held in a juvenile facility until his sentence expires when he turns 19 next April.
Couch's attorneys, Scott Brown and Reagan Wynn, said they won't comment until they speak with him, which likely won't happen before Couch reaches the U. Ricardo Ariel Vera, the representative of Mexico's immigration institute in Jalisco state, said the mother and son were being held at immigration offices in Guadalajara and would be returned to the United States aboard a commercial flight to Houston.
Couch was driving drunk and speeding on a road south of Fort Worth in June when he crashed into a disabled SUV off to the side, killing four people and injuring several others, including passengers in his pickup truck.
He pleaded guilty to four counts of intoxication manslaughter and two counts of intoxication assault causing serious bodily injury.
A judge sentenced him in juvenile court to 10 years' probation and a stint in a rehabilitation center. Authorities had begun searching for Couch and his mother after he missed a mandatory appointment with his probation officer on Dec.Apr 13, · Ethan Couch, who was appearing in adult court for the first time after he turned 19 on Monday, received days for each of the four deaths in the June crash.
A U.S. Marshals Service agent tipped local authorities off Monday to the location of Couch — who was on juvenile probation after killing four people in a drunken-driving wreck — and his. Ethan Couch, the so-called “affluenza” teen, is brought into court for his adult court hearing at Tim Curry Justice Center in Fort Worth, Texas April 13, Founded: Sep 18, Sergio Molina is now paralyzed after being in the back of a pickup truck being driven erratically by Ethan Couch, who slammed into four people on the side of a road in Texas.
Dec 16, · Ethan Butler’s best chance to truly live was for his parents to accept the fact that their infant son would die. Born with a congenital heart defect, Ethan had lifesaving heart surgery when he was 10 days old in the spring of On Tuesday, weeks after his disappearance, infamous "affluenza" teen Ethan Couch was detained in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, along with his mother, Tonya.
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