Policeman Donald L. Highley

Policeman Donald L. Highley

Los Angeles Police Department, California

End of Watch Saturday, February 10, 1968

Donald L. Highley

Policeman Donald Highley was struck and killed by a drunk driver while writing a ticket.

He had completed the citation and was in the process of handing the citation to the driver when he was struck. The original driver receiving the traffic violation used the officer's radio to notify the agency of the incident.

The drunken violator was apprehended and convicted. The incident was the drunken driver's fourth DUI conviction. He received one year in the county jail.

Policeman Highley had served with the Los Angeles Police Department for three years. He was survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 33
  • Tour 12 years
  • Badge 11859

Incident Details

  • Cause Vehicular assault
  • Weapon Automobile
  • Offender Sentenced to 1 year

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Thanks everyone for your posting. Over the years I have wondered if my Father would be remembered and my heart it full of joy reading these wonderful reflections.

I was 10 yrars old when my father was ran over by a drunk driver and killed. It is sad that a drunk driver could kill a father of 4 and only receive 1 year in jail. I am so glad this has changed over the years.

I think of my father everyday and have a vivid memory of that Saturday night, all the TV shows we were watching and the specific show when the officers showed up at our door.

My father and his best friend Arley McCreery where like brothers and served in the US Navy together. After leaving the navy they joined the LAPD and both were killed in the line of duty 20 years apart. They are enjoying each other once again .

I love you Dad and Mac (Arley) RIP,
Ronald Highley

Ronald Highley

March 5, 2015

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