The Drunk Driving "Affluenza" Teen Was Just Released From Jail

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The Drunk Driving "Affluenza" Teen Was Just Released From Jail

He has spent his first few minutes out of jail in a probation office and has yet to step into the sunshine for the first time in almost two years.

During his trial and sentencing, Couch became the subject of worldwide headlines after a psychologist testified that he had "affluenza" - a portmanteau of the words "affluence" and "influenza". In 2013, Couch, then 16, drove his pickup truck with a blood alcohol level that was three times the legal limit.

Though Couch killed four and left a fifth victim paralyzed, he wasn't initially sentenced to any jail time. The "affluenza" term came during the trial - it was a condition lawyers said Couch had because he was raised by wealthy parents and was never taught right from wrong.

He was convicted five years ago for a drunken driving crash that killed four people in southeast Fort Worth.

A psychologist at trial blamed the teen's irresponsibility on his family's wealth, dubbing it "affluenza".

After spending several weeks in the Mexican resort town, the two were caught when authorities traced an order for Domino's Pizza made from one of the Couches' smartphones. He's required to wear an ankle monitor and submit to random alcohol and drug testing.

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Couch's attorneys, Scott Brown and Reagan Wynn, issued a statement Monday saying Couch has always been sorry for what he did. The video was posted on social media and he and his mother fled to Mexico.

She was booked into the same jail as her son, only days before he was released. Ethan Couch feared that his probation would be revoked - probationers, juvenile or otherwise, aren't allowed to drink alcohol - so he and his mother had a goodbye party and headed for Puerto Vallarta.

She was just returned to jail last week after failing a drug test, NBC 5 said.

A spokesperson for Mothers Against Drunk Drivers told CNN that Couch's case was a "grave injustice".

"The 720 days Ethan Couch served for his crimes shows that drunk driving homicides still aren't treated as the violent crimes that they are", the organization said in a statement, vowing to keep a close eye on his case.

Meanwhile, Tonya Couch was charged with hindering apprehension of a known felon and money laundering, but released on bond.

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