The former chairman of Cleveland Police Authority, Dave McLuckie, has been sentenced to eight months in prison for persuading a friend to take three penalty points for him so that he could avoid a driving ban and further his career.
McLuckie, 52, denied perverting the course of justice, but was convicted following a trial at Newcastle Crown Court last month.
In 2005 he was vice chairman of Cleveland Police Authority - and about to take on the role of chairman - when his black Peugeot was caught by a speed camera doing 36mph in a 30mph zone.
He asked a family friend, Maurice Ward, to take the three penalty points for him by pretending to have been driving the Peugeot at the time.
The deception came to light after Mr Ward fell out with McLuckie when he became ill with cancer and felt McLuckie had not visited him enough.
Mr Ward, who died in January last year, wrote a note saying he had taken the points for McLuckie.
Following his death, his daughter contacted a councillor who took the matter to the police and McLuckie, from Great Ayton in North Yorkshire, was arrested.
Judge David Wood told McLuckie that his case was similar to that of former cabinet minister Chris Huhne and his ex-wife Vicky Pryce.
The couple were jailed for eight months after she took three points for him in 2003 when his BMW was caught speeding on the M11.
Judge Wood told McLuckie: "This offence does really strike at the heart of the legal system."
He said that despite the excellent references McLuckie had put forward, and being a man of exemplary character", a prison sentence had to be imposed.
– Judge David Wood at Newcastle Crown Court
"This offence does really strike at the heart of the legal system"