Mother of ‘Affluenza’ Teen Arrives in Texas


Tonya Couch, the mother of “affluenza” teen Ethan Couch, arrived in Dallas today after being extradited from California, authorities said.

She was seen arriving at the Dallas-Fort Worth airport this afternoon on an American Airlines flight. She was escorted by police and was seen wearing a large top covering her hands. She was taken off the plane gate-side and was placed in a waiting police vehicle.

Tarrant County Sheriff Dee Anderson said that he met with Couch, whom he described as being “cooperative, polite.”

He said that they did not talk about the case or Couch’s son Ethan at all, though that was his choice because he did not want their conversation to be viewed as an interrogation, which he said would not be done by the sheriff’s department.

“If justice had been served originally … we wouldn’t be spending all this time and taxpayers money,” Anderson said, referring to the extensive manhunt for Tonya and Ethan Couch.

“It’s been a huge expense and a huge burden on everyone and it’s just frustrating,” Anderson said before reiterating his previously-stated belief that Ethan Couch should have been jailed rather than put on probation following his drunk driving trial.

Anderson, who personally escorted Tonya Couch from the airport, said that her arraignment is scheduled for Friday morning.

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SOURCE: ABC News, Meghan Keneally