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Ethan Couch To Be Sent Back To The U.S. In The Next Few Weeks

Affluenza Teen Ethan Couch Will Return To U.S.
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Jan. 21 2016, Updated 2:53 p.m. ET

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Ethan Couch — who famously avoided jail time for a deadly drunk driving accident in 2013 by claiming "affluenza" (wealthy entitlement clouding his judgment) — remains detained in Mexico, though not for long, the 18-year-old's lawyer claims.

"It is our understanding that paperwork has been filed by Ethan's counsel in Mexico that will terminate the ongoing Mexican immigration proceedings," attorney Scott Brown said in a statement. "We believe that this will result in Ethan's return to the United States within the next few weeks."

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As Radar previously reported, Couch and his mother Tonya, 48, were caught in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, after she made the mistake of using her cell phone to order Domino's Pizza.

The pair allegedly made a run for it after video footage posted on Twitter appeared to show Ethan at a drinking party, possible violating his probation.

Tonya Couch, who was returned to the U.S. last week, had her bail reduced from $1 million to $75,000 after her eldest son reportedly testified that she didn't have the money to pay it.

If bail is posted, the 48-year-old will be required to wear an ankle monitor, attend weekly check-ins with police, and pay $60 per month in supervision fees, CNN reports.

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