Facebook brag about drunk driving gets teen arrested

It's not a good idea to brag about crimes on Facebook

Katie McDonough
January 4, 2013 9:06PM (UTC)

Teenagers are famous (infamous?) for doing stupid things and bragging about them online. But Oregon teen Jacob Cox-Brown might have gone too far when he posted on Facebook about drunkenly hitting another car and driving off.

"Drivin drunk... classic ;) but to whoever's vehicle i hit i am sorry. :P," the 18-year-old wrote on his Facebook page. His friends might have laughed, but the cops didn't. As the Daily Dot reported:


"Astoria Police have an active social media presence," a press release from the police department trumpeted. "It was a private Facebook message to one of our officers that got this case moving through."

City of Astoria police went to Cox-Brown's home and discovered damage on his vehicle matched that of a report from hit-and-run activity in a nearby neighborhood earlier in the day. He was then arrested and booked on two counts of failing to perform the duties of a driver.

A police spokesperson told local news station KGW-TV that a Facebook post isn't sufficient evidence to charge Cox-Brown for driving while intoxicated, so he'll likely just get a slap on the wrist.


Katie McDonough

Katie McDonough is Salon's politics writer, focusing on gender, sexuality and reproductive justice. Follow her on Twitter @kmcdonovgh or email her at kmcdonough@salon.com.

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