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Officer on leave took cruiser

Police probe involvement in Revere dispute

A Boston police officer who has been on administrative leave since last September has been arrested after taking a police cruiser he was not authorized to use, authorities said Sunday.

Patrick Donovan took a police vehicle from District C-11 in Dorchester on Friday and drove it to Revere, police spokeswoman Rachel McGuire said.

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On Thursday, Donovan was involved in a domestic case in Revere with his roommate, Revere police spokesman Jeff Graff said.

Revere police are investigating.

Police arrested Donovan after finding the vehicle in Dorchester near his residence Friday night, McGuire said.

Donovan was hired in 2002, and had criminal charges brought against him by the Internal Affairs Department after a separate case of alleged larceny.

Investigations into the alleged larceny and unauthorized use of the department vehicle are ongoing, McGuire said.

The spokeswoman said police are taking steps to terminate Donovan’s employment. Donovan is to appear in Dorchester District Court on July 31 for a pretrial hearing on the larceny charge.

Faiz Siddiqui can be reached at Follow him on Twitter @faizsays.
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