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'Affluenza' Teen Drops Bid to Block His Return to US

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FILE - This Dec. 28, 2015 photo released by Mexico's Jalisco state prosecutor's office shows Ethan Couch after he was taken into custody in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

FILE - This Dec. 28, 2015 photo released by Mexico's Jalisco state prosecutor's office shows Ethan Couch after he was taken into custody in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

The U.S. teen who claimed his family's wealth made him unable to understand the consequences of his actions in a deadly drunken-driving crash will soon return to the United States after fleeing to Mexico.

Lawyers for Ethan Couch told Mexican authorities Tuesday that they wanted to drop their fight against his deportation.

Couch and his mother, Tonya Couch, fled the country in December as Texas prosecutors investigated whether he had violated his probation in the case of a 2013 wreck that killed four people. Couch pleaded guilty of driving while intoxicated and received just 10 years' probation because of the novel "affluenza" defense.

Mother and son were taken into custody later that month in Puerto Vallarta, after a call for pizza delivery tipped off authorities to their whereabouts.

Tonya Couch was was quickly sent back to the U.S., where she was released after posting bail. She is charged with hindering the apprehension of a felon and could face up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

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