Policeman who escaped drink-drive ban after blaming barman for serving him wrong drinks accused of perverting the course of justice

PC Myles Hughes has been arrested for perverting the course of justice following his drink-driving trial

A policeman who escaped a drink-drive ban after blaming a pub barman of serving him the wrong drinks has been arrested.

PC Myles Hughes, 34, had argued he was only over the legal limit because he had been served pints of lager top - lager with a splash of lemonade - instead of pints of lager shandy.

The policeman was later caught driving with a blood-alcohol reading of 85mg in 100ml of blood, narrowly over the legal limit.

PC Hughes pleaded guilty to drink-driving at Macclesfield Magistrates' Court last month.

But appearing at a special circumstances hearing Hughes said his drinks at the Flower Pot Inn near Macclesfield, Cheshire, had more alcohol than he ordered.

'I drank four pints of Stella shandy,' he told the hearing.

'When I left the pub I felt sure I was OK to drive. I was a bit shocked and unsure about what had happened.

'I returned to the pub and asked if there was any CCTV to see if my drink had been spiked.'

Barman Paul Doyle admitted giving the officer one shandy and four pints of lager top instead of the shandy he had ordered.

'I was a friend, I was trying to make him feel a bit better, cheer him up a bit,' said Doyle.

'I feel very guilty.'

Caroline Wynne, prosecuting, said Hughes, an officer with Greater Manchester Police, knew exactly what he had been drinking that night, adding: 'I put to you that if somebody has had four pints of strong lager they know it.'

Story: Hughes said his drinks at the Flower Pot Inn near Macclesfield, Cheshire, had more alcohol than he ordered

Gwyn Lewis, defending, insisted his client would have been under the legal limit if the drinks order had been correct.

Magistrate Barbara Shaw said: 'We do find that you were unknowingly supplied with lager tops instead of the shandy you asked for.'

She told him: 'We're not going to disqualify you on this occasion so you can continue driving, but you will have six points added to your licence so you must be careful.'

But now Greater Manchester Police has arrested the 34-year-old on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the court of justice.

The barman, Mr Doyle, and a GMP sergeant have also been arrested in connection with the allegations.

GMP has suspended PC Hughes from his position as a neighbourhood officer and the sergeant has been placed on restricted duties.

The case is now being investigated by Cheshire Police, who will also be involved in any disciplinary proceedings.

A spokesman for the force said: 'A 36-year-old man from Macclesfield, a 34-year-old man from Macclesfield and a 45-year old-man were arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice. All three have been granted police bail until February.'

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