REVERE — A Boston police officer on paid leave is in trouble with the law for the second time in 10 months after he allegedly took a police cruiser without permission on July 4 and drove to Revere, apparently to the home of a former romantic partner.
Patrick J. Donovan, 38, allegedly retrieved belongings from the home and then went to a nearby nursing home where he demanded medical treatment, officials said.
Donovan was released Monday on his own recognizance after appearing in Dorchester District Court on charges of using a motor vehicle without authority and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, said his defense attorney, Kenneth H. Anderson.
Donovan, who became a Boston police officer in 2002 and was once decorated for heroism on the job, struggles with addiction to the prescription painkiller Percocet and agreed to check into a substance-abuse treatment program at McLean Hospital in Belmont as a condition of his release, Anderson said.
Boston police officials are seeking to fire Donovan, said Officer Jamie Kenneally, a police spokesman. He said termination proceedings began after Donovan was placed on paid administrative leave last September following allegations that he placed a stolen license plate and stolen registration sticker on his personal vehicle. That case is pending in Dochester District Court.
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