Drunk Driver Arrested After Bragging on Facebook

Posted January 10, 2013 in Driving & Motor Vehicles by

Photo of a young man wearing "beer goggles" and driving while holding a beer bottle

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It shouldn’t need to be repeated, but apparently it does: Should you commit a crime, and wish to escape prosecution, don’t brag about your exploits on social media.

A man in Astoria, Oregon was arrested after he broadcast to the world about a little accident he had driving home early New Year’s Day.

Police were already investigating a hit-and-run that caused minor damage to two vehicles when they were tipped off that Jacob Cox-Brown, 18, had posted an update to his Facebook page:  ”Drivin drunk… classsic ;) but to whoever’s vehicle i hit i am sorry. :P”

Sure enough, the cops matched the damage to Cox-Brown’s car to the two other vehicles and promptly arrested him on two counts of failing to perform the duties of a driver.

Luckily for Cox-Brown, admitting that he was drunk on Facebook wasn’t enough evidence for officers to actually charge him with DUI. In Oregon, a first DUI typically carries a year’s license suspension, between two days to a year in jail and a $1,000 fine, although a conviction can be avoided by entering a diversion program and completing drug and alcohol evaluation and treatment.

However, the hit-and-run charges could be more serious than a DUI would have been, if a judge chooses to be harsh: Leaving the scene of an accident that involved only property damage can bring a year in jail and up to $6,250 in fines.

New Years sans champagne next year, perhaps?

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