Ex-police chairman faces jail for avoiding speeding points


Ex-police chairman faces jail for avoiding speeding points

A former police chairman faces a jail sentence after being found guilty of dodging three penalty points for speeding by persuading a friend to accept them for him.

Dave McLuckie, from Great Ayton, North Yorkshire, was clocked speeding at 36mph in a 30mph zone at Carlin How in April 2005.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the 52-year-old had told his friend Maurice Ward that he needed a "big favour", having already accrued nine points on his license.

McLuckie, who led Cleveland Police Authority, denied that he had avoided the three points in order to prevent a driving ban and protect his career.

The deception came to the public eye after Mr Ward and McLuckie had a falling out when Mr Ward was diagnosed with cancer. Mr Ward, who died in January 2012, had written a note, which stated he had accepted the speeding points on McLuckie's behalf.

Outside the court, McLuckie said: "I intend to leave politics for good. I will never return to politics," reported the BBC.

"It's now time for me to get ready to do what's handed down to me and that's what I intend to do. I intend to then, hopefully, start a new chapter in the life of David McLuckie."

Bailing, Mcluckie, Judge David Wood warned him he faced a jail term when he is sentenced next month.

During the trial, officers from Operation Sacristy – the investigation into allegations of corruption within the police authority – revealed that McLuckie has also been charged with an offence of intimidating a witness in May and is due to appear at Newcastle Magistrates' Court on Friday.