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15 October 2011, 07:38
A former Greater Manchester Police Officer has been jailed for 12 months for lying under oath.
A "distinguished'' former officer from Greater Manchester Police has been jailed for 12 months after he lied under oath to escape a driving ban.
Pc Myles Hughes, 35, of St George's Street, Macclesfield, Cheshire, persuaded his childhood friend and barman at his local pub to lie for him after he was caught driving over the limit.
Hughes was spared a disqualification in November last year when he told magistrates that he did not know he was over the drink drive limit because Paul Doyle, also 35, of Moss Lane, Macclesfield, had given him the wrong drinks.
Doyle backed up the story claiming he gave Hughes four pints of ``lager top'' instead of lager shandy in a bid to "cheer his friend up''.
Judge Elgan Edwards, sitting at Liverpool Crown Court, jailed Hughes and Doyle for 12 months and four months respectively.
Both men pleaded guilty to perjury at an earlier hearing.
Duncan Bold, prosecuting, told the court that Hughes, who was a Pc for the Hazel Grove Neighbourhood Policing Team in Manchester, was stopped in his Vauxhall Astra on April 28 last year after he was seen by a police officer leaving The Flower Pot pub in Macclesfield.
He was pulled over for speeding, but then breath-tested after the officer could smell alcohol inside the car.
A roadside breath test showed Hughes had 47 microgrammes of alcohol per 100ml of breath - the legal limit is 35 microgrammes.
Hughes admitted drink-driving at Macclesfield Magistrates' Court last November but escaped a driving ban and was given a £475 fine and six points on his licence after he and Doyle presented their fake story to the court.