Facebook Boast of Drunk Hit-and-Run Lands Teen in Jail

His Facebook friends sent the incriminating status update to authorities

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    Astoria Police Department
    Jacob Cox-Brown, 18, of Astoria, Ore., was arrested after he apparently posted a Facebook status update about a drunken hit-and-run he allegedly committed Wednesday, The Daily Astorian reported.

    Don't drink and drive and Facebook.

    A teenager from Astoria, Ore., was arrested after he apparently posted a Facebook status update about a drunken hit-and-run he allegedly committed Wednesday, The Daily Astorian reported.

    He was caught the next day after the Facebook post was reported to authorities, according to the paper.

    "Drivin drunk ... classsic ;) but to whoever's vehicle i hit i am sorry. :P," Jacob Cox-Brown, 18, reportedly wrote on his Facebook page.

    On Thursday, local authorities, thanks to the Facebook message and phone calls to two officers, got a tip linking Cox-Brown to the accident.

    "Astoria Police have an active social media presence," police said in a press release Wednesday. "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."

    After the tip, authorities matched the damage at the scene with that on a car at Cox-Brown's home, the Daily Astorian reported.

    Cox-Brown was arrested and charged with two counts of failing to perform the duties of a driver.