A top Patrick aide accused of OUI
A top adviser to Governor Deval Patrick was arrested early Sunday on drunk driving charges.
Ron Bell, the governor’s senior adviser for community affairs, was pulled over in Brookline at 3:30 a.m. after failing to maintain his lane on Boylston Street, police said.
Bell was charged with operating under the influence, first offense, and marked lanes violations, said David Traub, a spokesman for the Norfolk district attorney’s office. Bell pleaded not guilty Monday in Brookline District Court and was released on personal recognizance. Brookline police cited Bell for speeding.
A lawyer for Bell did not return a calls seeking comment last night. Bell has been placed on unpaid leave, said Alex Goldstein, Patrick’s press secretary.
“These are serious allegations,’’ Goldstein said. “While Mr. Bell has denied the charges, he has been placed on unpaid leave.’’
According to public records, Bell earns about $98,000 annually as the governor’s adviser.
Officials said Bell had the smell of alcohol on him and was arrested after he failed sobriety tests.
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