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Officer on administrative leave arrested after taking police cruiser to Revere

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 the Boston Police Department District C-11 in Dorchester and drove it to Revere, where he was later involved in a domestic incident with his domestic partner, police spokeswoman Rachel McGuire said.

The incidents occured between 5 p.m. and midnight on Friday, McGuire said. Revere Police are investigating the domestic incident.

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Police arrested Donavan 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 incident of larceny. An investigation into the larceny and unauthorized use of the department vehicle are ongoing, McGuire said.

The spokeswoman said police are taking steps to terminate Donovan’s employment.

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