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'Affluenza' Teen Ethan Couch Wins Temporary Stay Against Deportation

Ethan Couch and his mother filed paperwork to fight extradition back to the U.S. from Mexico.

By Briana Altergott | December 30, 2015

"Affluenza" teen Ethan Couch has reportedly won a temporary stay against deportation after he and his mother filed paperwork to fight extradition back to the U.S., according to Mexican officials.

Authorities initially expected Ethan and Tonya Couch to return by plane Wednesday or Thursday. But this new development could delay their extradition by days or even weeks. 

The pair were arrested Monday in the Mexican beach resort town of Puerto Vallarta after Ethan failed to show up to a meeting with his probation officer.

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Couch made national headlines in 2013 when he avoided jail time after drunkenly crashing his car into a vehicle on the side of the road, killing four people. 

A psychologist testified the teen had "affluenza," or that he was too rich and coddled by his parents to understand the consequences of his actions. He received probation. (Video via WFAA)

But a video surfaced online that appeared to show Couch drinking, a violation of his probation. Shortly thereafter, a warrant for his arrest was issued after his probation officer reported him missing along with his mother. 

This video includes an image from the U.S. Department of Justice.

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