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Monday, August 29, 2011

Social Network Darwinism

Posted by on Mon, Aug 29, 2011 at 8:50 AM

Shortly after 8 p.m. Saturday night, a Yakima County sheriffs deputy attempted to pull over an off-road motorcycle, but the driver sped off, and the deputy was unable to keep up. And that might have been the end of the incident, until Social Network Darwinism kicked in:

However, several hours later authorities learned a 19-year-old man was bragging on Facebook about outrunning officers. A photograph on the web site was "strikingly similar to the one that eluded the deputy hours earlier," according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies than carried out a search warrant at 4 a.m. at the man’s home, where he was arrested pending charges of reckless driving and other infractions.

Fucking idiot.


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Joe Szilagyi 1
One of the rare times someone actually pulls this off--a high speed getaway--and they blow it? Go Team Yakima.
Posted by Joe Szilagyi on August 29, 2011 at 8:55 AM · Report this
ryanayr 2
Is Yakima County trolling facebook now?
Posted by ryanayr on August 29, 2011 at 9:19 AM · Report this
Goldy, I hate to be a pedant, but that's not the correct use of "Darwinism". Natural selection is not Darwinism. If we want people to understand and accept evolution, it would be better to actually use (and if necessary, educate about) the terms that are used to describe and talk about evolution.
Posted by STJA on August 29, 2011 at 9:24 AM · Report this
Fifty-Two-Eighty 4
Nineteen years old. Maybe he'll learn something from this and live to see 20. I wouldn't bet money on that, though.
Posted by Fifty-Two-Eighty on August 29, 2011 at 9:26 AM · Report this
Reverse Polarity 5
* facepalm*

What a moron.
Posted by Reverse Polarity on August 29, 2011 at 9:30 AM · Report this
zombie eyes 6
What? One of his "friends" ratted him out to the cops? Roll over Orwell.
Posted by zombie eyes on August 29, 2011 at 9:33 AM · Report this
Zebes 7
'A photograph on the web site was "strikingly similar to the one that eluded the deputy hours earlier," according to the Sheriff’s Office.'

Good on that photograph for outrunning the cops, but it should have known better than to hide on the internet.
Posted by Zebes on August 29, 2011 at 9:37 AM · Report this
Simone 8
*facepalm + fall out of chair while laughing at said moron*
Posted by Simone on August 29, 2011 at 9:39 AM · Report this
@7, thank you
Posted by California on August 29, 2011 at 10:03 AM · Report this
Will in Seattle 10
I can't drive ... 145.

No, really, the limiter kicks in around 125. If I time it right I can break 130, but that's it.
Posted by Will in Seattle on August 29, 2011 at 10:28 AM · Report this
TVDinner 11
Well, we need someone to donate the organs.
Posted by TVDinner http:// on August 29, 2011 at 10:30 AM · Report this
Gus 12
4am search warrant? They couldn't wait until morning?

Was this one of the SWAT Team breaks in the door waving guns around and shooting the family pets search warrants?
Posted by Gus on August 29, 2011 at 10:56 AM · Report this
STJA @3, The use of "Darwinism" in this context is too well established to change now. I'm not entirely sure how obviously idiot behavior being an example of Darwinism is a bad thing, anyway.
Posted by wingedkat on August 29, 2011 at 11:22 AM · Report this
Get this guy a lawyer. If writing about breaking laws were illegal, all of the good authors would be in jail.
Posted by six shooter on August 29, 2011 at 11:22 AM · Report this
venomlash 15
@14: Writing about breaking laws constitutes probable cause, given that it was in conjunction with him fitting the description of the perp.
Posted by venomlash on August 29, 2011 at 11:45 AM · Report this
keshmeshi 16

You're right. Writing about breaking laws isn't illegal, but breaking laws is illegal, and writing can be used as evidence.
Posted by keshmeshi on August 29, 2011 at 12:54 PM · Report this
Keekee 17
I did this once, but it was pre-Facebook & my friends that I bragged to were trustworthy. Not that I would recommend it...
Posted by Keekee on August 29, 2011 at 2:54 PM · Report this

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