Constables Steven Henton, 33, and Michael Hayward, also 33, will appear before Worcester magistrates on Monday
Two Birmingham police officers are to appear in court accused of fabricating evidence against a motorist, who was later jailed for possessing a firearm and drugs in an unconnected case.
Constables Steven Henton, 33, and Michael Hayward, also 33, will appear before Worcester magistrates on Monday.
The West Midlands Police officers have been suspended from their jobs pending the conclusion of the criminal proceedings.
The two cops are jointly charged with one count of conspiring to pervert the court of justice, contrary to Section 1 (1) of the Criminal Law Act 1977.
It is understood the case centres around allegations the officers ‘provided false evidence for a criminal prosecution against Oliver Higgins with intent to pervert the course of justice’.
It is alleged the officers provided false evidence in connection with an alleged dangerous driving allegation against Mr Higgins. The offence was alleged to have taken place in June 2012 but Mr Higgins, 26, was acquitted at trial in November 2012.
Oliver Higgins and the van he crashed into a house in Yardley Wood
Worcester Magistrates Court confirmed that Steven Henton and Michael Hayward will appear at the court on Monday.
In a statement, West Midlands Police said: ‘‘Two serving West Midlands Police officers are to appear at Worcester Magistrates Court on Monday 2 December charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
‘‘PC Steven Henton, 33, of Thornby Avenue, Kenilworth and PC Michael Hayward, 33, of Hargrave Road, Shirley, were suspended from duty after being charged on 14 November this year.
‘‘Both officers are based at Solihull Local Policing Unit.
‘‘The matter was initially referred to the IPCC in December 2012 who deemed the case could be investigated locally by West Midlands Police’s Professional Standards Department.’’
In an unconnected case Mr Higgins, of Packhorse Lane, Kings Norton, was jailed for five years in August this year after he admitted possessing a firearm, ammunition and cocaine.
Birmingham Crown Court heard police officers tried to stop Mr Higgins in Chinbrook Road, Yardley Wood, on June 27 this year after receiving intelligence that he had a gun.
The defendant ignored the request and mounted a kerb in a Volkswagen Caddy van, said Mark Phillips, prosecuting.
“They nudged his vehicle so he would lose control,” Mr Phillips said.
“The vehicle veered across the road into a rear garden and ended up in the bay window of a house. He frantically tried to get out. He scrambled out and ran across gardens before being detained by armed officers.”
Mr Phillips said during the pursuit Mr Higgins threw away a bag which contained a US military revolver loaded with six live rounds. Officers who searched his home found 3.49 grammes of cocaine, worth £200, the court was told.
Anthony Bell, defending, said Mr Higgins found himself involved in high-level crime after running up debts with drug dealers.