Police Chief Who Arrested Ted Kennedy After Chappaquiddick Incident Dies

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — The former police chief -- who gained notoriety for the investigation into the death of Mary Jo Kopeckne on Chappaquiddick -- has died.

Police chief Dominick Jim Arena was a member of the dive team that searched the waters of Poucha pond in 1969 --the morning after Senator Ted Tennedy drove off Dike Bridge, killing his passenger.

Arena was also the arresting officer -- charging Kennedy with leaving the scene of an accident.

Arena joined the Edgartown department in 1967, and left after six years -- later becoming the chief in the town of Lincoln. He was a native of Walpole, who also served four years in the U.S. Marine Corps.

On its Facebook page, the Edgartown Police Department sent heartfelt condolences to chief arena's family.

Arena was 89 years old.

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