Teen arrested after bragging on Facebook about drunk hit-and-run

After an intoxicated night out, Oregon citizen Jacob Cox-Brown had a lot to tell his friends. Like how he drunkenly slammed into a car and drove away.

“Drivin drunk… classic 😉 but to whoever’s vehicle i hit i am sorry. :P,” the 18-year-old improperly humblebragged on his Facebook page. But his friends didn’t stick out their tongue in amusement. His status update was brought to the police’s attention early Tuesday.

“Astoria Police have an active social media presence,” a press release from the police department trumpeted. “It was a private Facebook message to one of our officers that got this case moving through.”

City of Astoria police went to Cox-Brown’s home and discovered damage on his vehicle matched that of a report from hit-and-run activity in a nearby neighborhood earlier in the day. He was then arrested and booked on two counts of failing to perform the duties of a driver.

However, Facebook isn’t sufficient evidence to charge Cox-Brown with intoxication, a police spokesperson told KGW-TV. He was lodged at a county jail in northwest Oregon. 

Since he’s only a teenager, maybe he’ll take this as a life lesson.

In December, Hannah Sabata, 19, posted a YouTube video called “Chick Bank Robber,” describing how she robbed a bank and stole a car so she could pay off her financial aid and go on a shopping spree. She’s currently awaiting trial.

And a few months earlier, Paula Asher, 18, also bragged on Facebook about getting drunk and hitting a car. Her post landed her in jail and she was ordered to delete her Facebook account. 

If that doesn’t scare a teen, then maybe nothing will.

Photo via Astoria Police

Jordan Valinsky

Jordan Valinsky

A former editorial operations specialist and staff writer for the Daily Dot, Jordan Valinsky is a tech reporter and web culture commentator. His work has been published by the Week, Digiday, CNNMoney, Popular Mechanics, Vice, Mic, and Betabeat.