Dave McLuckie accused of dodging traffic offence

Dave McLuckie
Image caption Mr McLuckie is the first person to be charged in connection with Operation Sacristy

A former chairman of Cleveland Police Authority has appeared in court accused of perverting the course of justice.

Dave McLuckie, a Redcar and Cleveland councillor, was arrested last month.

Appearing before Newcastle magistrates, the 51-year-old, of Stokesley, North Yorkshire, indicated a not guilty plea.

He is accused of persuading a man to accept responsibility for a traffic offence he committed. He was bailed to appear at Newcastle Crown Court on 20 December.

The alleged offence is said to have taken place in Saltburn in 2005.

The charge is the first relating to an inquiry into allegations of corruption at the police authority.

Operation Sacristy concerns a number of individuals with past or present associations with the police authority.

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