Woman arrested on suspicion of hit-and-run DUI hours after posting Instagram pic of new Mercedes

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COSTA MESA, Calif. – A 22-year-old California woman allegedly ran down a bicyclist with her “new pride and joy” – a Mercedes Benz that she posed with in an Instagram photo just hours before the accident, according to the Orange County Register.

Aya Ibish, 22, allegedly posted a photo on Instagram of her new Mercedes hours before her hit-and-run DUI arrest. (Twitter/O.C. Register)

Aya Ibish, 22, allegedly posted a photo on Instagram of her new Mercedes hours before her hit-and-run DUI arrest. (Twitter/O.C. Register)

Police say Aya Ibish, of Laguna Beach, drove off after hitting the cyclist with her luxury sedan, leaving him with “lacerations and, possibly, a lower-leg fracture,” Sgt. Dan Miles told the paper.

The cyclist managed to give officers a description of the car, and police searched the area around 19th Street and Monrovia Avenue for a Mercedes with damage to the hood or front end.

Police pulled Ibish over after spotting a vehicle fitting the description, with a mangled front end. After a field sobriety test, police arrested Ibish on suspicion of felony DUI causing injury and felony hit-and-run causing injury, according to Miles.

Just hours before the arrest, Ibish, wearing a black top and torn jeans, posed in an Instagram photo with a brand new Mercedes, complete with a red bow on the hood. That photo was later deleted from the account.

OC Weekly called the arrest – which became fodder for Taiwan-based animated news outlet Tomo – “the kind of story that reinforces negatives stereotypes that Orange County just can’t shake.”

According to the magazine:

“From The Real Housewives of Orange County to Jill and Kent Easter, the Irvine couple/lawyers who planted drugs in the car of a PTA mom rival and then tried to get her arrested, ‘The OC’ is known for privileged people willingly committing the seven deadly sins—and taking selfies to prove it.”


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