THE former Cleveland Police Authority chairman who persuaded a friend to take three penalty points for him so he avoided a driving ban has been jailed for eight months.
Dave McLuckie, 52, was sentenced for perverting the course of justice following a trial at Newcastle Crown Court last month.
In 2005, when McLuckie was still vice-chairman of Cleveland Police Authority and about to take on the senior role, he asked family friend Maurice Ward to take three penalty points for him after his black Peugeot was caught by a speed camera doing 36mph in a 30mph zone at Carlin How, Teesside.
McLuckie, a member of Redcar and Cleveland Council who worked at a potash mine, already had nine points on his licence and was facing a ban after the latest offence.
Instead, he visited his friend, who lived nearby in Skelton, and asked him for a “big favour”.
The deception came to light after Mr Ward fell out with McLuckie when he became ill with cancer and felt his former friend had not visited him enough.
Mr Ward, who died in January last year, wrote a note saying he had taken the points for the authority chairman.
After his death, Mr Ward’s daughter Donna contacted a councillor who took the matter to the police and McLuckie, from Great Ayton, North Yorkshire, was arrested.
He denied perverting the course of justice but was convicted after a week-long trial.
McLuckie told the jury the Ward family’s claims were driven by malice.
He accepted he might have been driving the car, but he had discussed the matter with Mr Ward and at the time they had agreed his friend had been behind the wheel.
Judge David Wood told McLuckie the recent case was similar to that of former cabinet minister Chris Huhne and his ex-wife Vicky Pryce.
They were also jailed for eight months after she took three points for him in 2003 when his BMW was caught speeding on the M11.