The Texas mother whose teen son killed four people in 2013 while driving drunk recently landed behind bars over allegations of her own substance abuse, reports indicate.
According to the New York Post, Tonya Couch, 50, was booked into Tarrant County jail on Wednesday and her bond was revoked on unrelated charges.
She was already free on bond for charges connected to her alleged attempt to help her son flee the country in 2015.
Ethan Couch made national headlines when attorneys successfully argued that he suffered from “affluenza,” a term coined to describe a person whose affluent upbringing led to a belief that actions do not have consequences.
After failing a urine screening as part of her bond requirements, court records show that was arrested.
Tonya Couch faces charges of aiding her son in his attempt to escape a probation violation for drinking alcohol, as CrimeOnline previously reported.
She is currently awaiting trail on counts pf hindering the apprehension of a felon and money laundering.
Like her son, reports last year indicated that she violated her probation when she “failed to abstain from the possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages.”
In June 2017, State District Judge Wayne Salvant advised her to “use common sense” in the way she behaved prior to standing trial.
It is unclear from available reports exactly what substance or substances were found in the examination that resulted in her bond revocation.
Her now-20-year-old son is set to be released soon from the same jail after serving 720 days when his probation was revoked.
[Featured image: Tonya Couch/Tarrant County Jail]