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‘Drivin’ Drunk’ Status Gets Teen Arrested

We’d say you shouldn’t post about driving drunk on Facebook, but you shouldn’t drive drunk at all. Astoria, Ore., kid Jacob Cox-Brown, 18, apparently had a tipsy time on New Years’ Eve and decided to update his 600+ friends on how his drive home was going. In the status (seen above) Cox-Brown admitted to driving drunk and to hitting someone’s car followed by a cheeky tongue-face emoticon. Two of the friends who saw the post decided to tip off cops, who were already investigating a hit and run accident in which two cars were hit. Police arrested Cox-Brown and booked him into the Clatsop County Jail on two counts of failing to perform the duties of a driver. Cox-Brown’s vehicle, police say, had damage consistent with the hit and run.

Dumb as it may be, this is not the most ridiculous instance of inadvertent internet confession. There have been scores of young robbers who can’t resist posing with their loot for Facebook pics, or the woman who bragged about her alleged bank robbery in a Youtube video. After Cox-Brown’s arrest, the Astoria police department issued a press release warning online oversharers:

“Astoria Police have an active social media presence. 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.”

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