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Emma Way Arrested for Hit-and-Run After She Brags About it on Twitter

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When Emma Way hit a cyclist and drove off, she might have gotten away with it if she had not tweeted about it soon afterward. 

In the tweet, from her account which is now deleted, she said, "Definitely knocked a cyclist off his bike earlier - I have right of way he doesn't even pay road tax! #bloodycyclists"

Way, from Norwich, England, had a small circle of 100 followers on Twitter. But the tweet soon spread, and got the attention of Norwich Police.

Norwich Police tweeted back, "@emmaway20 we have had tweets ref an RTC with a bike. We suggest you report it at a police station ASAP if not done already & then dm us"

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And soon after that, more people saw the tweet, eventually locating the injured person. 

James Lucas tweeted that he knew the man who was hit, saying, "Police are on the case. They had already located her and were just waiting for the victim to come forward. He has contacted them …"

The cyclist was Toby Hockley, who was interviewed later by BBC.

"A car came tearing round the blind corner and narrowly missed a cyclist in front of me," he said. "She came on my side of the road, I took the wing mirror off and I went flying off my bike into a hedge. She hit me hard, really hard. I am lucky to be alive."

"But I managed to get out of the hedge and stand up. The car was nowhere to be seen. She hit me and she was gone. All I knew is that it was a blonde girl driving."

Way faces charges, and she also faces losing her job. The people of the Internet used their power to alert her employer of what she had done. 

Larking Gowen issued a statement saying, "Thank you for taking the time to email Larking Gowen regarding the tweets posted by one of our employees on their personal twitter account."

"Please be assured that this is not a view held by the firm and we most certainly do not condone this behavior. We are taking the incidents very seriously, and a full and detailed investigation will be carried out and appropriate action taken. We have already spoken to Norfolk Police."

And, as Up Roxx noted, road tax does not exist, despite Way's claims.

Sources: MNN, Up Roxx