Take My Advice: Posting on Social Media May be Hazardous to your legal health

Lately I have seen several stories about people who brag about committing crimes or avoiding arrest on social media.  Inevitably, the person is arrested, and their statements, photographs or videos become part of the prosecution’s case.  Here is the latest story, about a Connecticut man who made it home before the police could arrest him for DUI.  His “victory” didn’t last long.

From RawStory.com:

Driving while under the influence is never smart, nor is running from police when they try to pull you over.

But then bragging about it on social media afterward? That’s a whole new level of ineptitude.

Local news station WFSB reports that a Connecticut man named Aaron Morrissette was arrested by state police after he boasted of outrunning five state police cruisers after they tried to pull him over on suspicion of driving while under the influence.

The police had originally been called to respond to a domestic disturbance in Killingly, Connecticut on Wednesday night. When officers arrived at the scene, Morrissette was seen “fighting with several people” and then “smashed the window of a vehicle and drove a pickup truck” toward the officers.

The police pursued him for several miles before they stopped due to public safety concerns. Among other things, Morrissette “ran several red lights and nearly caused a crash” in his attempts to flee.

But after his escape, he wrote about the incident on social media and declared that “I won” the chase against the police.

Police found him at a home in Killingly the next day and took him into custody without incident.

He has been charged with domestic violence, disorderly conduct, harassment, reckless endangerment, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, disorderly conduct, interfering with a police officer, engaging the police in a pursuit, operating under suspension as a result of a DWI, operating an unregistered motor vehicle and operating a motor vehicle without insurance.

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