Jacob Cox-Brown, a teenager from Oregon, was arrested for drunk driving, a violation which he foolishly announced on Facebook leading to his arrest.
The Facebook status update by Cox-Brown was this: “Drivin drunk … classsic 😉 but to whoever’s vehicle i hit i am sorry. :P”
Two of Cox-Brown’s Facebook friends saw this status and immediately reported it to the Astoria Police Department. This information became critical as there has been an initial response by two officers regarding a hit-and-run report at 1 am.
The police obtained the Facebook post tips then went directly to Cox-Brown’s residence. The young man was then arrested for two counts of “failing to perform the duties of a driver.” Cox-Brown was not charged with driving while intoxicated because of the 9 hour gap between the confrontation and the report.
Cox-Brown will appear in the Astoria Municipal Court in January 23.
According to a press release statement by the Astoria Police, they have “an active social media presence.” One of the officers received a private message regarding this Facebook status that eventually led to the arrest of the young man.
His status has been dubbed by many news writers as one of the dumbest Facebook posts ever, if not the dumbest. He is not alone in this gaffe, however. Joseph Bernard Campell was imprisoned after putting up racy photos of 19 women that he “cyberstalked”. London Eley, based in Philadelphia, was arrested with the Facebook status: “I will pay somebody a stack to kill my baby father.”