[UPDATED with Fund for Family:] Costa Mesa Detective Mike Delgadillo Dies in Car Crash

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See Update No. 2 on page 2 about donations being sought for the family of the detective, who leaves behind four children.

See Update No. 1 on the next page identifying the deceased officer and more career details.

ORIGINAL POST, MARCH 6, 9:37 A.M.: Flags are flying at half-staff in front of the Costa Mesa Police Department in honor of a 30 32-year veteran of the force who died in a car crash last night.

The unidentified cop's Honda Accord smashed into a cement column on Bristol Street beneath the 55 freeway, according to his own agency, which got the call at 10:22 p.m. Tuesday.

No other vehicle seems to have been involved in the single-car crash, and the officer was traveling alone.

He was rushed from the scene to Western Medical Center in Santa Ana, where he was later pronounced dead.

An outside agency, the Newport Beach Police Department, is investigating the incident.

Mike Delgadillo, R.I.P.
UPDATE NO. 1, MARCH 6, 1:20 P.M.: The Costa Mesa Police Department has identified its fallen officer Detective Michael "Mike" Delgadillo, a senior member of the force.

He was "heroically treated" at the scene of the traffic collision by responding Costa Mesa police and fire personnel, according to a statement from police Lt. Tim Schennum.

"Mike honorably and faithfully served the City of Costa Mesa Police Department for 32-years," the statement continues. "Mike started his career in October of 1981. Mike did an exceptional job as a young Patrol Officer, which led to him being selected to his first specialty assignment with the South Coast Plaza Unit, providing law enforcement services to employees and customers. While assigned to the SCP Unit, Mike promoted to Senior Officer in 1984."

Delgadillo volunteered to return to patrol in 1987 so he could train and mentor new officers, according to Schennum, who added the late detective received many accolades as well as praise from younger officers he'd supervised.

From 1988-94, Delgadillo was a canine officers--his partner was service dog Nero. He joined the Gang Unit as an investigator in 1996 but a year later switched over to Narcotics. He was plucked for his most current assignment as a detective in the Investigative Services Bureau in 2006.

"Mike has handled many major cases and has dutifully served the Costa Mesa community and more specifically the victims of the many cases he has worked over the years," reads Schennum's statement. "Mike is described as a loyal, dedicated, hardworking employee. Mike is probably best known for his charismatic personality and his strong desire to train and mentor others, by imparting his vast knowledge and many years of experience to the younger and less experienced."

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.08 is the illegal limit to drive at and his blood alcohol level being at .14 means he was for sure intoxicated.  Sad story, but he knew better... Considering he probably issued many DUI's himself. Sad... 

1. BAC = .02 = Drinkers begin to feel moderate effects.

2. BAC = .04 = Most people begin to feel relaxed, mildly euphoric, sociable, and talkative.

3. BAC = .05 = Judgment, attention, and control are somewhat impaired. Ability to drive safely begins to be limited. Sensory-motor and finer performance are impaired. People are less able to make rational decisions about their capabilities (for example, about driving.)

4. BAC = .08 = This is legal level for intoxication in some states. There is a definite impairment of muscle coordination and driving skills.

5. BAC = .10 = This is legally drunk in most states. There is a clear deterioration of reaction time and control.

6. BAC = .12-.15 = Vomiting usually occurs, unless this level is reached slowly or a person has developed a tolerance to alcohol. Drinkers are drowsy.

Drinkers display emotional instability, loss of critical judgment, impairment of perception, memory, and comprehension.

Lack of sensor-motor coordination and impaired balance are typical. Decreased sensory responses and increased reaction times develop. The vision is significantly impaired, including limited ability to see detail, peripheral vision, and slower glare recovery.

7. BAC = .15 = This blood-alcohol level means the equivalent of 1/2 pint of whiskey is circulating in the blood stream.


He was drunk you hypocritical assholes. Doesn't mean he was a bad guy or deserved to die, but nonetheless he was making a really stupid decision by drinking and driving along with being very  hypocritical. The very reason why other people have this bad gut feeling about our police officers. They overuse their authority sometimes and it's highly frowned upon. Sad story... 


Maybe the poor guy had a heart attack....it does happen... RIP he sounds like a good guy


I agree wth Bob.  But your worse than just an asshole.  Asshole is too good for you, as it implies your human.  You Greeny are a piece of shit!.  Here is to hoping instant Karma will get you.  And it will.


Lets use taxpayers $ to mourn this hero for getting what he deserves while breaking the law speeding damaging public property while endangering innocent lives. Wear a black ribbon to honor the one who could have crashed into any of our family members.


Was he drunk or high?


Was he drunk or high?

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I wonder how the crash was caused?


@Greeny You, sir, are an asshole.  Why do you believe that he deserved to die?  Why do you believe that he was speeding?

It is doubtful that you have anything more than a grudge against cops.  You probably earned the ass-kicking they gave you.  It is only due to our laws that you are able to spew your hatred.  Taking advantage of those same laws, and the First Amendment, I hereby wish your entire family would die in a fiery crash due to your ignorance.

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