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January 07, 2013

Facebook Cracks Down on Teen

By Oliver VanDervoort, Contributing Writer

Facebook (News - Alert) has been used for quite a few different things over the years. The social networking giant has worked hard at making itself a site that people use for more than just catching up with friends and family. The site has tacked on all kinds of different features, with the sole purpose of making sure that people spend more time on the site. That doesn’t mean that every thought that goes through someone’s head should be posted. There are a number of things that you shouldn’t post on the social networking hub and admitting to drinking and driving certainly falls under this category.

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Jacob Cox (News - Alert)-Brown found out the hard way that Facebook doesn’t exist in a vacuum. It seems as if this particular user would have benefited greatly from taking Facebook’s own advice. Even the Internet’s biggest social network understands that people need to push away from its site and the computer every once in a while. It seems that Brown needed to at least push away while he was drinking and driving.

The Oregon 18 year -old apparently posted a message on his Facebook page that eventually got him arrested. The teen posted “Drivin drunk… classic ;) but to whoever’s vehicle I hit I am sorry. :p.”

After the posting, two of the teen’s friends tipped off the police by using Facebook’s private messaging service. After the tip, the police went to the teen’s home and found damage that was consistent with a call earlier about two cars that had been hit.  

Once the teen was connected and determined to be the driver, he was arrested for two counts of "failing to perform the duties of a driver." Saying you were drunk on Facebook does not count as evidence, so the police could not charge him with DUI or DWI.

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Edited by Brooke Neuman
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