A top aide to Gov. Deval Patrick was placed on unpaid leave after being arrested for drunken driving.

Ron Bell, the governor's senior advisor for community affairs, was arrested early Sunday morning as he drove along Route 9 in Brookline, according to the State House News Service.

Bell, 48, was placed on unpaid leave from his $98,000 per year job while the case is investigated, according to SHNS.

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