An Oregon teen smashed into two cars while driving drunk early in the morning on New Year’s Day. He fled the scene, leaving pieces of his damaged car behind, and parked his vehicle at his house.
But it wouldn’t have been a truly stupid night until he let more than 600 of his Facebook friends know about it.
Police in Astoria, Ore. arrested 18-year-old Jacob Cox-Brown after he posted this status update on Facebook.
The Facebook status update that put Jacob Cox-Brown behind bars.
The police department was already investigating the hit and run when an officer received a private Facebook message alerting her to Cox-Brown’s post. Another “friend” called in later that day to report the same thing. When police arrived at the teen’s home, they found tell-tale signs of damage on his vehicle.
“Astoria police have an active social media presence,” the police said in a press release. With a status update like this one, “you have to figure that it is not going to stay private long.”
Cox-Brown’s emoticon-filled message might have been apologetic, but Astoria police weren’t having it. The teen was arrested and taken to the Clatsop County Jail.
Deputy Chief Brad Johnston said that a Facebook post isn’t enough evidence to prove that Cox-Brown was intoxicated, CBS News reports. Instead, he was charged with two counts of failing to perform the duties of a driver.
The teen was released on his own recognizance, according to The Oregonian.
Source: NY Daily News