Police Sergeant Allegedly Drove Cal State Fullerton Patrol Vehicle While Drunk

In this 2011 photo, police Sgt. Tom Higgs is shown top row left next to Cal State Fullerton President Milton A. Gordon, who passed away in 2017. Inset: Higgs with Officer Matt Bauer in 2016. Courtesy CSUF.

A police sergeant was charged Thursday with driving a Cal State Fullerton patrol vehicle under the influence of alcohol, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s office.

Arraignment for Sgt. Thomas Henry Higgs is set for Aug. 2 at the North Justice Center in Fullerton.

The 59-year-old faces misdemeanor counts of driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with blood alcohol content of 0.08 percent or higher and–if convicted–up to six months in county jail.

During a California State University Fullerton Police Department briefing around 8 p.m on May 7, officers suspected Higgs was intoxicated, and they notified their command staff, according to an OCDA arraignment statement.

“Higgs is accused of driving a marked patrol car around the campus with a blood alcohol content (BAC) of .09 percent,” states the OCDA, whose Deputy District Attorney Devin Campbell caught the case.

According to the Cal State Fullerton website, Higgs was honored in 2016 with other employees who had reached 25 years of service with the university. That same year, he and Officer Matt Bauer represented the department at a funeral in Dallas for a fallen cop.

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