Drink driver arrested after Facebook post

This article initially appeared on Drive.com.au

Words: Matt Campbell

“Drivin drunk . . . classsic ;) but to whoever's vehicle i hit i am sorry. :P”

That's the status update posted to social networking site Facebook that got 18-year-old Jacob Cox-Brown arrested and jailed, according to Oregan news site The Daily Astorian.

Local police officer Nicole Riley was tipped off by one of Cox-Brown's friends, while another friend also dobbed Cox-Brown in to Sergeant Brian Aydt.

According to the report, Riley attended a hit-and-run accident where a vehicle had been sideswiped, resulting in “significant” damage. Another car had minor damage. Police took evidence from the scene, before being contacted later that day via Facebook.

The private message sent to Riley contained Cox-Brown's Facebook post. Police then went to Cox-Brown's house, where they found his vehicle with damage consistent with the hit and run.

The 18-year-old was arrested and charged with two counts of “failing to perform the duties of a driver”.

The Astoria Police department issued a press release shortly after.

“Astoria Police have an active social media presence,” it read. “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.”

(Image Credit: Facebook, Astoria Police.)

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