ASTORIA, OR (BTSNews) --An 18 year-old teenager is facing DWI-related charges in Astoria, Oregon after he posted on his Facebook page that he had hit a car while driving drunk last Wednesday. According to a Friday report from the local newspaper, Daily Astorian, the teen, Jacob Cox-Brown sent this message to his friends on Facebook:
Drivin drunk ... classsic ;) but to whoever’s vehicle i hit i am sorry. :P
Two of Cox-Brown's Facebook "friend" saw the message and separately forwarded it to local police officers.
Upon receiving the message, local police open an investigation, went to the teen's home and matched a vehicle there to one that had hit two others that same night. The police then arrested and charged the teen with two counts of failing to report the duties of a driver.
BEHIND THE SCENES, Social Media attorney Bradley Shaw noted that this was a classic example of social media users not being aware of the digital footprint they create on Facebook, Twitter and other sites. For example, in August 2012, members of the Steubenville, Ohio high school team unwittingly used Facebook, Twitter and Instagram posts to implicate themselves in the gang rape of a 16 year-old West Virginia girl. According to the Atlantic Wire, "the alleged victim didn't know she was assaulted until she started to find out about it on social media the next day."
In addition to the two teens charged for the rape, police confiscated 17 electronic devices from other teens, who may be still be implicated for transmitting sexually explicit pictures of a minor.
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