The former chairman of the Cleveland Police Authority has appeared in court charged with perverting the course of justice.
David McLuckie, from Stokesley, pleaded not guilty to the offence at Newcastle Magistrates' Court this morning.
He is accused of persuading another man to accept responsibility for a traffic offence, that he is is alleged to have committed himself in Saltburn.
Mr McLuckie, who is 51, was granted conditional bail and will appear before Newcastle Crown Court on December 20.
The former chairman of Cleveland Police Authority has been charged with perverting the course of justice, as an investigation into several people involved with the police authority continues.
David McLuckie, from the Stokesley area of North Yorkshire, was arrested by officers attached to Operation Sacristy.
He has been bailed to to appear at Newcastle Crown Court on Friday the 30th of November.