A “distinguished” police officer was jailed for 12 months after he lied under oath to escape a driving ban.
Greater Manchester Pc Myles Hughes, 35, of Macclesfield, 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 last year when he told magistrates that he did not know he was over the drink-drive limit because Paul Doyle, 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.
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.
Judge Edwards said: “Perjury strikes at the very heart of the criminal justice system. Both of you deliberately lied to magistrates and the magistrates accepted your word.”