Mum and son in "drink drive" case

The mother and her son spoke only to give their dates of birth and addresses in the hearing at Northampton Magistrates' Court where they were both accused of conspiring to pervert the course of justice.

Matthew Binley, of Leicester Street, Northampton, is accused of driving an Alfa Romeo in Harborough Road in the town on May 23 while over the legal limit.

The court heard he is charged with having 86 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

Both he and his mother, Jaqueline Binley, of Leicester Parade, Northampton, are charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.

The charge states that between May 23 and August 1 the pair conspired "to do an act, namely providing a false statement in relation to an incident of driving whilst over the prescribed limit on May 23, 2010, with intent to pervert the course of justice''.

The pair were told their case could not be dealt with at the court and will be sent to crown court to be heard.

Chair of magistrates Mark Gibson said: "You understand that this court cannot deal with these matters and therefore they will be sent to the crown court.''

He granted the pair unconditional bail until a plea and case management hearing at Northampton Crown Court on December 3.

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