Warrant: 'Affluenza' Teen's Mom Took $30K Before Flight
Tonya Couch also gave final goodbye to Ethan's dad
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 10, 2016 4:28 PM CST
Tonya Couch appears in court in Fort Worth, Texas, Friday, Jan. 8, 2016. The mother of Ethan Couch, who used an "affluenza" defense after killing people in a drunken-driving wreck, appeared in court on...   (Rodger Mallison/Star-Telegram via AP, Pool)

(Newser) – Weeks before "affluenza" teen fugitive Ethan Couch was arrested in Mexico with a cheap disguise of dyed hair and beard, his mother had pulled $30,000 from a bank account and told his father he'd never see them again, according to her arrest warrant. (Tonya and Fred Couch divorced in 2006.) Just how far the mother and son planned to get with the $30,000 and the pickup truck they used to drive across the border was unclear. When arrested, the pair had made it about 1,200 miles to the Pacific coast resort town of Puerto Vallarta, where a pizza delivery order led authorities to their apartment.

Details of the cash withdrawal and the warning were released Friday, when a Tarrant County judge set a $1 million bond for Tonya Couch on a charge of hindering apprehension of a felon. Her son remains in custody in Mexico after winning a legal delay of his deportation back to Texas. Ethan Couch's case drew national attention and derision when he sentenced to 10 years' probation for a 2013 drunken driving wreck that killed four people and injured several others, including passengers in his pickup truck. (Meanwhile, Ethan Couch has gotten himself a "rock star lawyer.")
 

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