Wednesday, September 28, 2022

Newport News Police detective arrested on DUI, contributing to delinquency charges

Newport News Police Det. Justin Briggs (HNNDaily photo/Courtesy of Newport News Police)
Newport News Police Det. Justin Briggs (HNNDaily photo/Courtesy of Newport News Police)

NEWPORT NEWS — Very few details are being released about the Sunday night arrest of a local police detective.

Police said the Newport News detective, Justin Briggs, was arrested in the 13000th block of Ridegview Drive while he was off-duty at around 11:50 p.m.

Briggs, 36, is charged with driving under the influence and contributing to the delinquency of a minor – a family member, police said.

He was jailed on the charges but released on bond.

Newport News police officials said Briggs was immediately placed on unpaid administrative leave “pending an internal investigation.”

Briggs joined the department in 2008 and is assigned to the North Precinct.

John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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