08/29/2011

Sheriff: Facebook boast leads to arrest

Authorities noticed a Facebook post by a man boasting about eluding officers

Associated Press

YAKIMA, Wash. — A suspected reckless motorcycle rider has discovered the law's long arm now reaches into cyberspace.

The Yakima County Sheriff's office says they tracked the 19-year-old man down via Facebook.

Deputy Chris Gray says early Monday in a release that the incident began when a man on a motorcycle outran pursuing deputies late last week near Moxee, just east of Yakima.

Authorities later noticed a Facebook posting by a man boasting about eluding officers, as well as a photo on the page of a motorcycle similar to the one they sought.

Gray says that when the suspect was rousted at 4 a.m. Saturday by deputies with both a search warrant and a printout of the page, he acknowledged he was the rider.

The man, whose name was not released, has been charged with reckless driving and other infractions.

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