Saturday, January 05, 2013

Oregon youth incriminates himself on Facebook, but his isn't the only foolish behavior we encounter

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You can view the clip here. Just one thing, though: What's all this about the fellow "Bragging About Hit-and-Run on Facebook"? Here's the tweet:
The "classsic ;" may indicate an inappropriate casualness about the incident, but "bragging"? I do see apologizing, though, which goes unmentioned in the presentation.

by Ken

And while I'm complaining, what's the deal with the HuffPost head, "Jacob Cox-Brown, Oregon Teen, Posts Facebook Status About Drunk Driving, Gets Arrested"? When on earth does a headline writer begin a head with the full name of someone nobody has ever heard of, a name that wno't mean anything to any reader? Wouldn't the normal head in this case be: "Oregon Teen Posts Facebook Status About Drunk Driving, Gets Arrested"?

Anyway, here's the portion of Katherine Bindley's HuffPost post that deals with this incident:
If there's a surefire way to get caught for committing an offense these days, it's airing the details on social media.

Jacob Cox-Brown, an 18-year-old from Oregon, learned that lesson on New Year's Day when police showed up at his door after they were alerted to a Facebook post he wrote about driving drunk, KGW.com reports.

"Drivin drunk... classsic ;) but to whoever's vehicle i hit i am sorry. :P," the status update read, according to the news outlet.

Police said the teen's apparent Facebook confession wasn't sufficient evidence for a drunk driving charge. Instead, Cox-Brown was charged with "two counts of failing to perform the duties of a driver," KGW.com reports.
This is, by the way, all the information Katherine gives us about the Oregon incident; her post goes on to talk about the "surprising number of people [who] use Facebook in the aftermath of committing various infractions" -- "despite the potential of leaving a very obvious trail." And as long as I'm complaining, doesn't this brief account leave us in the dark about some significant matters?

Actually, there is a bit more information in the clip, as well as in the linked post on KGW.com:
Around 1 a.m., Astoria police found evidence two cars had been hit on 5th Street.

Later in the day, officers got Facebook messages from two people who said Jacob Cox-Brown had posted this on his Facebook page: "Drivin drunk... classsic ;) but to whoever's vehicle i hit i am sorry. :P."

Officers went to Cox-Brown's house and found a vehicle that had damage that matched the two cars.
Ah, now the sequence becomes clearer. The cops already knew about the cars that had been hit before, presumably, two of Jason's Facebook friends contacted them. And supposedly when they went to his home they "found a vehicle that had damage that matched the two cars."

Just one more thing: Did it occur to you to wonder whether perhaps anyone had been hurt? Jason in his tweet doesn't say anything about anything except hitting a vehicle. But of course he doesn't seem to have been in ideal condition to report the extent of the incident. In the fuller account it does appear that there was no damage except to the two cars. Might it not have been nice, though, to be told at least that, say, "there was no indication that anyone had been injured"?

Yeah, yeah, I know this is a "dopey perp" story, and I get it -- ha-ha, he sure made a fool of himself. I'm not sure his is the only foolish behavior here, though.
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At 3:40 AM, Anonymous raxx said...

Yeah, yeah, I know this is a "dopey perp" story, and I get it -- ha-ha, he sure made a fool of himself. I'm not sure his is the only foolish behavior here, though.


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