The Delaware State Police have arrested former Kent County Sheriff James A. Higdon Jr., for violating a court order.


The Delaware State Police have arrested former Kent County Sheriff James A. Higdon Jr. for the third time in the last two years, this time for violating a court order.

Higdon, 59, of Dover was arrested Wednesday evening after he called a former family member and threatened to do harm to that person. This was a direct violation of a court order that was issued by Kent County Court of Common Pleas on March 8, 2012.Higdon had also made comments about harming two other people during this account.

He was charged with three counts of stalking, carrying a concealed deadly weapon,  possession of a deadly weapon by a person prohibited, breach of release, driving under the influence of alcohol and other traffic related offenses.

Higdon was located by members of the State Police Kent County Governors Task Force sitting alone in his vehicle while parked in the parking lot of Walgreens off North West Front Street in Milford. Upon taking him into custody, detectives located a loaded handgun inside the vehicle. 

Higdon is prohibited from possessing a firearm or ammunition after having been committed to a psychiatric facility for a mental disorder in March 2011.

Higdon was transported back to Troop 3 in Camden where warrants were obtained for his arrest.  While in custody, Higdon required medical treatment, which was unrelated to his arrest, and was transported to Kent General Hospital for treatment. 

While at the hospital, he was turned over to the state Department of Corrections due to a violation of probation.

He will be arraigned at a later date.

Back on March 17, 2011, Higdon was formally charged with four offenses stemming from a four-hour standoff with Dover police March 9, 2011 at his Laurel Drive home March 9. During the March 9 incident, Higdon barricaded himself in his home and allegedly threatened to shoot officers and himself after police attempted to serve him with a warrant for violating a standing Protection From Abuse Order filed earlier that week by an unnamed woman. Higdon, who court records showed was intoxicated, barricaded himself in his Laurel Drive residence when Dover police and state troopers came to serve him with a warrant for violating a restraining order against him. A violation of the Protection from Abuse Order spurred the warrant for his arrest.

On July 27, 2011, Higdon pled guilty to resisting arrest and received a one-year, suspended sentence and placed on probation. He was ordered to have no contact with the woman who had obtained the restraining order. On Oct. 18, 2011 Higdon was found to be in violation of parole and placed in the custody of the Department of Corrections for one year, with the six-month balance of the sentence suspended in lieu of home confinement. He also had to receive six months of probation at Crest Aftercare.

In an earlier arrest, Higdon pled guilty July 12, 2010 to a single charge of driving under the influence.

The sheriff was pulled over on South State Street while driving his wife’s Ford Explorer shortly before midnight May 29, 2010. An Intoxilyzer test at the scene resulted in a blood alcohol content reading of 0.256, according to his arrest warrant.