A Boston Police officer on leave and without a valid driver's license was released on personal recognizance today on charges he stole a cruiser from the C-11 police station in Dorchester over the holiday weekend, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
Dorchester District Court Judge James Coffey let Patrick Donovan walk after Donovan's attorney said he was checking into a substance-abuse program today. Prosecutors had asked for bail of $2,500 and revocation of his bail on a 2013 case in which he was charged with using a stolen license plate and registration sticker on his personal vehicle.
Coffey ordered Donovan to undergo random drug tests while his case is pending.
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