Pizza craving led police to ‘affluenza’ teen Ethan Couch in Mexico

Ethan Couch
Ethan Couch

Ethan Couch, the teen fugitive infamous for using an “affluenza” defence is now in custody in Mexico after a craving for a pizza done him in.


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According to AP, Couch and his mother were attempting to disappear among American tourists at a Mexican resort city for the holidays when they made the mistake of using a cellphone to order a pizza. The call gave away their location.


Couch, 18, who was on juvenile probation after killing four people in a drunken driving wreck, disappeared on Dec. 10.

In a photo released by Mexican authorities, Couch’s blonde hair had been dyed dark brown or black.

Tarrant County Sheriff Dee Anderson said Couch and his mother had prepared to be gone for a long time.

“They had planned to disappear. They even had something that was almost akin to a going-away party before leaving town,” the AP quoted Anderson as saying.

Anderson told CNN Tuesday night that he felt Couch and his mother “planned to run and run a long way and for a long time.”

The duo are expected to be deported back to the U.S. this week to face charges.