A Costa Mesa police detective who died last month after a single-vehicle car crash was driving with a blood-alcohol level nearly twice the legal limit, according to an official report.
Det. Michael Delgadillo's blood-alcohol level was recorded at 0.14% shortly after his car crashed into a concrete pillar near Newport Boulevard and Bristol Street on March 5, according to results from a toxicology exam completed last week by the Orange County coroner.
The blood sample was taken before he died. The legal limit for driving is 0.08%.
Delgadillo, who was 57, died early March 6 from injuries sustained from blunt force trauma to the chest and abdomen, the coroner's report found.
The death was ruled accidental by the coroner's office.
In addition to the alcohol, small amounts of painkillers commonly used to treat injuries were detected, but they did not appear to be in amounts great enough to impair driving.