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UPDATE 1/5/16: Ethan Couch, the Texas teenager known for using an "affluenza" defense in a fatal drunken-driving accident, was apprehended last week in the Mexican resort town of Puerto Vallarta.

According to reports, Couch has hired prominent Mexican attorney Fernando Benitez, who says he specializes in "helping foreigners in trouble."


U.S. Marshals are now offering a $5,000 reward for information relating to the whereabouts of the “affluenza teen,” who remains missing this morning.

Two years ago, Ethan Couch was driving drunk when he plowed into a group of people on the side of a road, killing four. He was 16 at the time.

Couch rose to infamy as the “affluenza teen” when a Texas judge last year sentenced him to no jail time, but 10 years’ probation. Prosecutors then had asked for up to 20 years in state custody.

A psychologist testified that the teenager suffered from “affluenza,” because his family’s money had allegedly left him with no sense of boundaries.

Essentially, the court heard that “he was too rich to know any better,” Anna Kooiman translated.

Now, Couch is making headlines again, as authorities have issued the 18-year-old a “directive to apprehend,” also known as the juvenile equivalent to an arrest warrant.

They have been searching for him and his mother for several days, and fear he may have even left the country.

If he’s caught, Couch will be held in juvenile detention until his 19th birthday, at which time he could be tried as an adult.

He could face up to 20 years for violating his probation.

Watch more on this developing story, above. Read more, here.


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