Teen boasts of drunken driving on Facebook, arrested

By ZenobiaSky · Jan 4, 2013 · Updated Jan 9, 2013 · ·
  1. ZenobiaSky
    18762.jpg An Oregon teen posts a boast on Facebook that he has been tipsy at the wheel. He apologizes to owners of cars he hit. Police are less apologetic when they arrest him.

    It has now been firmly established -- by Randi Zuckerberg, no less -- that Facebook is the home of human decency.

    How is it possible, then, that 18-year-old Jacob Cox-Brown of Astoria, Ore., did not receive the message?

    For, according to KGW.com, Cox-Brown had the indecent temerity to post this to his Facebook page: "Drivin drunk... classsic but to whoever's vehicle i hit i am sorry."

    This was, indeed, a classsic (sic) example of misbegotten sharing.

    For police -- who had concluded that not one but two vehicles had been struck by an unknown driver -- now concluded that the driver was Jacob Cox-Brown.

    How did they manage this? By the saddest reality of all. Two of Cox-Brown's alleged friends reportedly contacted the law in order, one imagines, to restore human decency.

    The police issued a press release that read: "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."

    No, not long at all, as Randi Zuckerberg can attest.

    Cox-Brown has been charged with two counts of failing to perform the duties of a driver. These, presumably, include not hitting other vehicles.

    While Randi Zuckerberg railed that you can't trust the friends of friends, Cox-Brown now seems to have realized that you can't even trust your friends.

    At least those who claim to be your friends on Facebook.

    CNET by Chris Matyszczyk January 3, 2013 9:36 PM PST

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  1. hookedonhelping
    Teen Arrested After Bragging About Hit and Run on Facebook

    [IMGR="white"]https://www.drugs-forum.com/forum/attachment.php?attachmentid=30831&stc=1&d=1357507125[/IMGR]Jacob Cox-Brown, Oregon Teen, Posts Facebook Status About Drunk Driving, Gets Arrested

    If there's a surefire way to get caught for committing an offense these days, it's airing the details on social media.

    Jacob Cox-Brown, an 18 year-old from Oregon learned that lesson on New Year's Day when police showed up at his door after they were alerted to a Facebook post he wrote about driving drunk, KGW.com reports.

    "Drivin drunk... classsic ;) but to whoever's vehicle i hit i am sorry. :p," the status update read, according to the news outlet.

    Police said the teen's apparent Facebook confession wasn't sufficient evidence for a drunk driving charge. Instead, Cox-Brown was charged with "two counts of failing to perform the duties of a driver," KGW.com reports.

    Despite the potential of leaving a very obvious trail, a surprising number of people use Facebook in the aftermath of committing various infractions.

    In September, a woman posted an "LOL" status update in reference to her alleged involvement in a drunk driving accident, according to ABC. A judge, who was reportedly not too happy about the post, sentenced her to two days in jail.

    In May, two men robbed an Internet cafe, but one of them made the mistake of logging into Facebook and forgetting to log out. The flub led police right to him, Gizmodo notes.

    Similarly, in 2011, a man who reportedly stole items from Washington Post journalist Marc Fischer posted a picture of himself on Facebook wearing one of the missing items and holding up cash. The suspect had used Fisher's son's laptop to take the picture and posted the image to the teen's Facebook account, advertising his actions to 400 teenagers.

    "I've seen a lot, but this is the most stupid criminal I've ever seen," Officer Kyle Roe told Fisher at the time.

    Huffington Post
    4th January 2013

    It's kinda early in the year to nominate the projected Darwin Award winner but I think he's a lock.
  2. Alfa
    Re: Teen Arrested After Bragging About Hit and Run on Facebook

    Another good example of online incrimination and how posting illegal activity online can cause police to come into action.
    At east with facebook, law enforcement officials do not raid or take down the website because a few people incriminate themselves on it. Fortunately its too big for authorities to do that. Some webmasters of drug related websites have been less fortunate...
  3. torachi
    Re: Teen Arrested After Bragging About Hit and Run on Facebook

    How are the police initially made aware of the situation? Does someone have to basically run and tell as soon as they see it, or does Facebook have software for that kind of thing?
  4. hookedonhelping
    Re: Teen Arrested After Bragging About Hit and Run on Facebook

    I'm going to guess that someone alerted the police to this. I think if there was software in place to identify people posting incriminating statements on FaceBook you would hear of this sort of thing happening a lot more.

    Alfa makes a good point. This thread should be a reminder that what you say online needs to be well thought out as it could lead to an inquisition by authorities.
  5. torachi
    Re: Teen Arrested After Bragging About Hit and Run on Facebook

    That's what I thought. I know DF has anti-dealing software, but I have no idea how those kinds of things work, like if it could be expanded upon and used by local authorities, or by Facebook themselves to be reported.
    Facebook was designed by the FBI to gather information about people.

    People willingly give information on their where about , family photos etc.

    Same goes with twitter and myspace but the FBI admit that facebook is their most successful information gathering app so far.
    Big brother is watching our every move.
    Maybe even looking at you now or listening to you through your laptop or computer.
  7. ianzombie
    I think what you are referring to is a spoof video.
    The FBI did not design Facebook.
    There was a spoof about them doing so, and it seems that a lot of people actually though it was serious.
    Obviously its not.
  8. torachi
    Thanks to Zenobia's merged article, clearly someone had to go to the police.

    The video dog-chopper is referring is most definitely a spoof, I believe it was The Onion but I could be wrong.
    It was on a utube video called CIA's "Facebook" program dramatically cut agency's costs .

    Seems believable to me watch it for yourself.Then make your mind up.

    Hope this helps guys ... Thanks for being interested in my post.
  10. ianzombie
    Yes, thats the video.
    It was made by 'the onion', an online satirical site/paper.
    Its a spoof.

    Seriously....operation Farmville lol

    Its a joke.
    Its cleaver how it makes people think about how much information they willingly give.
    Sorry IAN but it seemed real convincing to me thanks for clearing that up.
    Some people go overboard sometimes when affected by alcohol or drugs but thats all it takes.

    Threatening women and children is something the law and the community is less forgiving for.
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