Most people realize that when under the influence of alcohol that they rarely think before they say or do things. Stupid things.
An 18-year-old Oregon teenager found that out when he was arrested after posting on his Facebook account after he hit a vehicle while driving drunk New Year's Eve.
Jacob Cox-Brown posted this on his Facebook page:
"Drivin drunk ... classsic ;) but to whoever's vehicle i hit i am sorry. :P"
Two of Cox-Brown's friends reported the post to the police and it helped the Astoria officers locate the driver of a hit-and-run incident that they had already responded to around 1:00 a.m.
While driving under the influence, Cox-Brown hit two parked cars and fled the scene. After getting the reports of the Facebook post, local policemen took the damaged taillight and bumper of the Scion to Cox- Brown's home.
The teen was arrested with two counts of failing to perform the duties of a driver. He could not be arrested for drunk driving because he was no longer in his car, as this occurred nine hours after the accident occurred. Cox-Brown was held in county jail and released on his own recognizance and will appear in court on January 23.
Astoria Police said that they get a lot of information from social media networks like Facebook and Twitter. The information that they received about this particular accident was sent via a private message on Facebook.
Many Facebook users believe that because their facebook settings are set to private, they may post anything they choose. What they do not realize is that certain things posted will not be kept in confidence if someone with access to the post does not approve of what is posted.
The one thing to remember from this incident, besides the obvious on not drinking and driving: if you want something kept a secret, do not post it anywhere online at all. Simple.
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