Here’s a story from the Washington Post about a young man from Oregon who thought it would be funny to post about his DUI hit and run crash on Facebook. It seems that at least two of his Facebook “friends” didn’t think it was so hilarious.
An Oregon teen who posted a little too much information on Facebook found himself in hot water with the police after two of his friends on the site reported his activities to local authorities.
According to a report from the Daily Astorian in Astoria, Ore., also posted on the Facebook page for the local police department, 18-year-old Jacob Cox-Brown was arrested after telling his Facebook network that he had hit a car while driving drunk.
The teen sent this message out to friends on the site: “Drivin drunk … classsic 😉 but to whoever’s vehicle i hit i am sorry. :P”
According to the report, two of Cox-Brown’s friends saw the message and sent it along to two separate local police officers. In a statement given to the newspaper, the department said that they received word of the post through a private Facebook message to one of its officers.
After receiving the tip, police then went to Cox-Brown’s house and were able to match a vehicle there to one that had hit two others in the early hours of the morning. They then charged the teen with two counts of failing to perform the duties of a driver, the report said.
Note that although the police were able to put together enough evidence to make an arrest for the hit and run, without more evidence than the Facebook post, there isn’t enough to prove that the teen was driving drunk.