In the moments before a car crash that killed a Costa Mesa police detective, the officer was sending and receiving text messages and had been drinking at local restaurants, according to an investigation conducted by Newport Beach police.
Det. Mike Delgadillo, 57, died March 6, the day after his 2000 Mazda crashed into a pillar under the 55 Freeway near Newport Boulevard and Bristol Street.
At the time of the crash, Delgadillo was not wearing a seat belt, according to Newport Beach Police Department spokeswoman Kathy Lowe, who released information included in the investigation into Delgadillo's death. She did not give a reason police would not release the report to the media.
Delgadillo's blood-alcohol level was 0.14% — above the legal limit of 0.08%.
Newport Beach police investigators determined that Delgadillo drank at Mi Casa restaurant in Costa Mesa between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m and at Skosh Monahan's between 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. before the fatal crash, according to Lowe.