Woman Goes to Jail After Facebook Comment

Posted on Oct 05, 2012

Kentucky resident Paula Asher, 18, was driving drunk when she crashed into a car filled with four teenagers in Woodford County and fled the scene. She was slapped with four charges including leaving the scene of an accident, driving under the influence of alcohol, and possession of a controlled substance. Police found two Xanax pills in Asher's car and after conducting a breathalyzer test, her blood alcohol level was over the legal limit at .089.

The teens' parents found out that after the accident, Asher went on Facebook and posted a status update that said "My dumb--- got a DUI and hit a car LOL." They were so upset that they told the court about it. 

In her first court appearance, Woodford District Judge Mary Jane Phelps told Asher to delete her Facebook account. Asher did not delete her Facebook page and when the court found out, she was charged with contempt of court. Judge Phelps had Asher placed in county jail for 48 hours. 

When she returned to court approximately ten days later, Asher told the court that she deleted her Facebook page. Tricia Kittinger with Woodford County Circuit Court said "the defendant is now working, she is not driving, and agreed she is no longer on Facebook." 

Asher apologized to everyone, including the judge, and admitted that she was not trying to make light of the accident on Facebook. She had no idea that what she said could put her in jail. 

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