Facebook Post Leads Police To Suspected Drunk Driver

AP | Jan. 4, 2013 6:59 a.m. | Astoria, Oregon

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Police arrested an Oregon teenager who confessed on Facebook that he had been driving drunk on New Year’s Eve and hit someone’s car.

Astoria police say officers were investigating a hit and run involving a sideswiped car when two Facebook friends of Jacob Cox-Brown contacted authorities, reporting a Facebook post in which the 18-year-old wrote: “Drivin drunk … classsic ;) but to whoever’s vehicle i hit i am sorry. :P”

Deputy Chief Brad Johnston says Cox-Brown was charged with failure to perform the duties of a driver. He was not charged with drunken driving because the Facebook post is not sufficient evidence that he was intoxicated.

Cox-Brown has more than 650 Facebook friends. He did not immediately respond to a Facebook message seeking comment.


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