Tonya Couch was taken to jail in Tarrant County where her bond is set for $1 million
The mother of a fugitive teen who used an ‘affluenza’ defense after killing four people in a drunken crash was returned to Texas on Thursday to face a charge of helping her son evade capture.
Airport police officers escorted Tonya Couch, who was sporting a navy blue colored jacket and black pants, off of a flight after it landed at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.
The mother was then escorted by officers and shackled at the ankles to jail in Tarrant County.
Last week she was deported from Mexico, shortly after she and her 18-year-old son, Ethan Couch, were taken into custody in the resort city of Puerto Vallarta.
A judge ordered her returned to Texas during a hearing Tuesday in Los Angeles.
The Tarrant County sheriff’s department said in a news release that Tonya Couch was taken straight to jail.
She faces a charge of hindering the apprehension of a felon, and her bond has been set at $1 million.
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Arrival: Tonya Couch, center right, is escorted off a flight after her arrival to the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport in Grapevine, Texas Thursday
Couch, mother of ethan Couch, a fugitive teenager known for using an ‘affluenza’ defense in a deadly drunken-driving case, waived extradition and was sent to Texas from California to face a charge of hindering the apprehension of a felon
The teen and his mother fled to Mexico last month after a video surfaced on Twitter showing him allegedly playing beer pong, which is a violation of his probation
If the mother is released on bond, she will be tracked by a GPS monitor and more conditions can be added by the judge too, The Dallas Morning News reported.
Ethan Couch is being held at an immigration detention center in Mexico City after winning a court reprieve that could lead to a weeks- or even months-long legal process in Mexico.
Authorities believe the pair fled Texas in November as prosecutors investigated whether Ethan Couch had violated his probation in the deadly 2013 drunken-driving wreck.
They disappeared shortly after a video surfaced on Twitter showing what appears to be Ethan Couch at a party where people were drinking and playing beer pong.
While in Mexico, the spoiled rotten ‘affluenza’ teen spent more than $2,000 on hookers and booze at a Mexican club, but when his money ran out, he offered up a Rolex watch as collateral.
Prior to being caught by authorities, Couch and his mother Tonya went to a strip club in Puerto Vallarta called Harem on the evening of December 23, where employees said he partied the night away.
The 18-year-old had several drinks with his mother before she left the club leaving him behind.
Tonya Couch (right) is escorted by a sheriff’s deputy as she arrives at the Tarrant County Jail in Fort Worth Thursday
Her bond has been set at $1 million dollars as she is facing a charge for helping her son evade capture
Ethan Couch is currently sitting in a jail fighting efforts to extradite him to Texas. Above he is pictured after he was taken into custody in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
While in the club alone, Couch maxed out his debit card as he partied with two women in a private back room area of the club that boasts of ‘boobies and booties galore’ over its main entrance.
Employees at the club said Couch, who was extremely drunk, racked up a huge tab that included lap dances from the women among other things.
According to ABC News, Couch was 6,000 pesos short on his bill, which is roughly $345.
A waiter at the club had to escort Couch back to his hotel when he could not pay the bill in the early morning of December 24.
He nor his mother had any cash to pay the remainder of the bill so he gave the waiter his Rolex watch as a guarantee that he would repay his $345 debt the next day, ABC News reported.
However, the club was closed December 24 and December 25. Employees at the club told ABC News that the pair was never seen again.
The mother-son duo moved into a condo in Puerto Vallarta without notifying staff at the hotel they were leaving.
A cleaning woman at the resort attempted to get into the room earlier in the day on December 24, but no one would answer as the ‘Do Not Enter’ sign was on, ABC News reported.
A vehicle exits the compound of the Agujas immigration detention center, where Couch is being detained in Mexico City
While on the run in Mexico, Couch spent hours and thousands of dollars inside Harem which offers ‘boobies and booties galore’ for customers at the strip club. When it was time to pay his bill, Couch was 6, 000 pesos short, which is roughly $345
Couch partied the night away with two girls in a private back room at Harem, a Puerto Vallarta strip club
She later entered the room and realized they had left.
Mexican law enforcement finally nabbed them December 28 after they fled into the country from their hometown of Fort Worth, Texas December 19 with their dog.
Tonya Couch’s attorneys previously released a statement saying she had done nothing illegal.
‘While the public may not like what she did, may not agree with what she did, or may have strong feelings against what she did, make no mistake — Tonya did not violate any law of the State of Texas and she is eager to have her day in court,’ lawyers Stephanie K. Patten and Steve Gordon said in a statement last week.
If convicted, the mother faces up to 10 years in prison.
After the deadly crash, Ethan Couch pleaded guilty in juvenile court to four counts of intoxication manslaughter and two counts of intoxication assault causing serious bodily injury and was sentenced to 10 years’ probation.
He received only probation after a defense expert argued that Couch had been coddled too much by his wealthy parents, a condition the expert called ‘affluenza.’
The condition is not recognized as a medical diagnosis by the American Psychiatric Association, and its invocation drew widespread ridicule.