Judge orders woman to delete Facebook comments after car crash

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By Ben Weitzenkorn

A woman was jailed after ignoring a judge’s order to delete her Facebook account after comments she made on the site about her own reckless driving prompted the order.

According to Louisville, Ky., NBC affiliate WAVE, victims of a hit-and-run car accident, in which Paula Asher was allegedly at fault, were so upset by her post that the court had to step in. "My dumb (expletive) got a dui and I hit a car…lol,” Asher wrote on her Facebook profile soon after the incident took place.

The careless status update apparently prompted the parents of the four teenagers who were in the other car at the time to notify District Judge Mary Jane Phelps about the statement who, in turn, demanded that Asher disable her page. When she did not comply, Phelps slapped Asher with a two-day jail sentence for contempt of court.

"I really wasn't trying to make fun of (the crash)," Asher said.

According to Lex18.com, a Lexington, Ky., NBC news site, police believe Asher's car struck a vehicle that four teens were riding in and then fled the scene of the accident before police arrived.

It's unclear if Asher was ordered not to discuss the case prior to creating the post. It's also unclear under which law Phelps ordered Asher to stop using Facebook.

Asher will be back in court with Phelps to face the charges outlined in her Facebook post on on Sept. 27.

"I apologize to everybody," she said. "I apologize to the judge. I didn't mean to hurt anybody," Asher said.  "I didn't think 'lol' would put me in jail."

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