Facebook drunk driving confession leads to arrest

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Drinking and driving can lead to arrests -- even if you only brag about it on Facebook. An Astoria, Ore. man found out the hard way that jokes on social media can result in real-world consequences.

Eighteen-year-old Jacob Cox-Brown may have thought he was being funny when he wrote on Facebook: "Drivin drunk... classic ;) but to whoever's vehicle i hit i am sorry. :P"[sic]. 

Police were not amused when they responded to a call on Jan. 1, 2013 after midnight for a hit and run. Two parked cars were sideswiped by an unknown vehicle and left significant damage.

Later that day, police got calls from Cox-Brown's Facebook "friends," reporting what his status update said.

Police paid Cox-Brown a visit and discovered a vehicle that had damages which matched that of the two cars from the early morning's call. A piece missing from the teenager's car also matched evidence that was found at the scene of the crime.

Deputy Chief Brad Johnston told the Associated Press that 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.

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