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Officer accused of stealing Boston Police cruiser

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A Boston police officer was taken into custody over the weekend and appeared before a judge Monday after he allegedly stole a cruiser.

Patrick Donovan, 38, has been on paid administrative leave for nearly a year after he was accused of attaching stolen license plates to his car.

The 12-year police veteran, and decorated Marine is now accused of stealing a police cruiser from the Dorchester station Friday and taking it on a joyride. Court paper work shows he needed it to "...jump start his personal vehicle that had broken down."

According to court records he drove to Revere and got in a fight with a homeowner. Then, minutes later, went to a nearby nursing home over "complaints of a broken foot." the staff was so frightened they locked the facility down. Donovan was said to be "in a disheveled state" and "demanding treatment."

Defense attorneys say Donovan needs help after a series of injuries led to a prescription pill addiction.

Donovan was released Monday, on the condition he seek professional treatment.

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