Astoria Police have an active Social Media presence. It was a private Facebook message to one of their officers that got this case moving though. When you post "Drivin drunk... classsic ;) but to whoever's vehicle i hit i am sorry. :P" on Facebook you have to figure that it is not going to stay private long.
On January 1, 2013 at 1:00 AM Officer Riley was called to respond to 1884 5th street for a hit and run crash. She responded and found that person(s) unknown had sideswiped a white colored Scion doing significant damage to the car. Officer Clausen, who was assisting, seized several peices of taillight and bumper cover. A second vehicle parked in front of this car had damage as well. Later in the day on January 1st, Officer Riley got a private Facebook message from someone who wanted to report that they had seen Jacob Cox-Brown, Age 18, of Astoria, post on Facebook that he had been involved in a crash and was drunk. Sergeant Aydt also got a call from another "friend" of Cox-Brown's who saw the same thing. Aydt and Clausen went to Cox-Brown's house and found a vehicle that matched the damage done to the two vehicles at the early morning crash. They were also able to match pieces left behind at the scene of the crash to the vehicle registered to Cox-Brown. Cox-Brown was arrested and lodged at the Clatsop County Jail. He was charged with two counts of Failing to Perform the Duties of a Driver.
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