Teen charged after Facebook confession
Thursday, January 3, 2013
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 officers were investigating a hit and run involving a sideswiped car when two Facebook friends of 18-year-old 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.