Michael Delgadillo, Costa Mesa Detective Who Died in Single-Car Crash, was Legally Drunk

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Costa Mesa Police Det. Michael Delgadillo, who died in a single-car collision last month, had a blood-alcohol content of 0.14 percent, according to the Orange County coroner.

That's nearly twice the legal limit, as any cop flunking you on the touch-the-nose test will tell you.

The 57-year-old father of four and 32-year veteran of the Costa Mesa force was alone in his Honda Accord when it smashed into a cement column on Bristol Street beneath the 55 freeway after 10 p.m. March 5. Delgadillo died at Western Medical Center in Santa Ana early the next morning.

Costa Mesa Detective Mike Delgadillo Dies in Car Crash

Blood was drawn from him shortly after the accident and before he died. The coroner's office, which had already ruled the death an accident caused by blunt-force trauma, later received the toxicology report that showed his blood-alcohol content exceeded California's legal limit for driving, which is 0.08 percent.

Court records indicate small amounts of painkillers were also found in Delgadillo's system, but not enough where it should have effected his driving.

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tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

"80 percent of all cops are criminals and violate the laws while they are on duty and they're being paid to do so and be so", so why are they busting you the citizen when they are the criminals?


.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 in 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.

949girl topcommenter

I don't think 0.14 would constitute him being drunk, tipsy maybe, but I'm not defending him.  Sad story to hear.  That's the thing with drinking and driving and DUIs, once you have a little alcohol you think you are ok to drive. 

ltpar topcommenter

@tongue_twister_for_t   better question, why are they out thre 24/7 putting their lives on the line for ass holes such as yourself?  The answer is simple.  The average John Doe citizen is not like you.  They give a shit, obey the law and respect those who stand between them and criminals.  Moral of this story ass hole is, Cops are like every other person out there, they have good points and bad points.  They put their pants on one leg at a time, just like you do and yes, sometimes they drink too much and drive when they shouldn't.  In this case, Mike Delgadillo made that mistake and paid for it with his life.  Hopefully, that tragic error will be a lesson for both Citizens and Cops who continue to drink and drive. 


@Itpar, lets get over the Hero bullshit already!  These Thugs I mean Cops, I mean Thugs volunteer for the job, they made a choice to do it, they wernt drafted!  Yes your right cops are like a lot of regular criminals in America. Cops lie, cheat and steal and are arrested everyday in America!  I think cops should face criminal charges twice severe then your average joe, why because there cops.  Cops get away with crimes daily very severe crime and very low crimes....So fuck you and all the pricks with badges who think they are Hero's ...what a joke!  Personally I dont need cops, if some one were breaking in my home I would blast thier ass, except that I know the cops will show up so they can try and pencil fuck me. 

ltpar topcommenter

@Lajimmy Ah, a tough guy I see, well at least in your own mind.  If I had a nickle for every turd like yourself, I have seen scooped up in a body bag, I would be a wealthy man.  Hope you never experience having to deal with the kind of bad guys there are outt there.  It is more likely for you to get taken out than you to do it to them  When that fateful day arrives, be sure to call a plumber, auto mechanic or your priest and not one of the crooked Cops whining for help. 

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