By Johnny Wills email: firstname.lastname@example.org | Jan 08, 2013 01:29 PM EST
If you ever break a law, it would be best not to tell friends about it on social networking sites, as one Astoria teen discovered after he landed in jail for bragging about his drunk driving escapade on Facebook.
Eighteen-year old Jacob Cox-Brown of Astoria, Oregon, landed in hot water with a Facebook Message saying that he hit a car while driving drunk.
"Drivin drunk ... classsic ;) but to whoever's vehicle i hit i am sorry. :P," wrote Cox-Brown in a post on Facebook.
According to a report from The Daily Astorian, police responded to a hit-and-run crash on Wednesday, Jan. 2, but law enforcers had no leads on the case, until the 18-year old teen took to the Internet.
After reading the post, two of Cox-Brown's friends reported the activity to two separate local police officers. The police went to Cox-Brown's house, after receiving the tip, and were able to identify the vehicle at the teen's place as the one that hit two other vehicles in the early morning crash.
"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," Astoria Police Department wrote in a press release.
The 18-year old got arrested and charged with two counts of failing to perform duties of a driver. The Facebook post was not sufficient evidence to prove that the teen was high. Hence, the teen got saved from a charge for drunk driving.
Cox-Brown's Facebook message has been deleted, but the teen is now lodged at the Clatsop County Jail.
It is not the first time that Facebook helped the police in cracking to the criminals. Back in Dec. 2011, two Arizona parents were arrested for child abuse after they posted an image on Facebook showing their children, an infant and a toddler, bound with duct tape.
The popular social networking also saved a teen in 2009 from years of prison. A 19-year old Brooklyn teen was accused in a robbery case and had to spend 12 days in jail, before a message he sent on Facebook saved him. Prosecutors dropped the case against Rodney Bradford, after learning that he had sent a message on Facebook from his dad's Harlem apartment one minute before heist of two men in Brooklyn's Farragut Houses.