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Jacob Cox-Brown, an 18 year old from Astoria, Oregon, was arrested January 2 for a drunk-driving hit-and-run, after airing his deeds on his Facebook page
Social media these days can be used for many things: promoting a website, music artist or other trade, to use as a source of news gathering or even just to stay in touch with family and friends. For Jacob Cox-Brown, he decided to use his Facebook to boast about the dirty deed he’d just cruised his way out of: his drunk-driving hit-and-run.
On his way home New Year’s morning, underaged Cox-Brown side-swiped two stationary vehicles, fleeing the scene and leaving behind pieces of his own car, reports the New York Daily News.
However, just that alone wasn’t what tipped off the Astoria Police.
This is the post that alerted Astoria Police to the scene. “Astoria Police have an active social media presence,” an Astoria Police press release read that Wednesday, “It was a private Facebook message to one of our officers that got this case moving, though. When you post ... on Facebook, you have to figure that it is not going to stay private long.”
This is the second case of a Facebook post landing a teen in jail, according to Complex. In September, 18-year-old Paula Asher was arrested for posting a Facebook status that read “My dumbass got a DUI and hit a car LOL."