'Road rage' cop in court over false story claim; conspiracy to pervert the course of justice charge.
Byline: JEANETTE OLDHAM Investigations Editor email@example.com
A WEST Midlands Police officer has been charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice after an alleged road rage incident.
PC Zaid Malik has served more than 20 years with the force and was once confused with One Direction star Zayn Malik by David Cameron during a TV debate.
The response officer, from Sparkhill, has now been charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and will appear in court tomorrow.
Roger Baker, from Westfield Road, Acocks Green, has been charged with the same offence.
It is understood the case centres around claims the pair, both aged 50, conspired to pervert the course of justice after Mr Malik was allegedly involved in a road rage incident on February 26.
Mr Baker is alleged to have provided a false account of the incident in support of Mr Malik's version of events. The alleged offending took place between February 26, 2015, and June 2, 2015. Both men were released on bail after being charged.
PC Malik is still working for West Midlands Police in a role "outside the evidential chain".
A force statement said: "A serving West Midlands Police officer will appear at Birmingham Magistrates Court charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
"Police constable Zaid Malik, aged 50, who was recently based in Coventry Solihull, has been charged alongside Roger Baker, also aged 50, from Westfield Road in Acocks Green, Birmingham. Both men have been released on bail with strict conditions to appear at court on June 17.
"PC Malik continues to work for West Midlands Police at this time in a role outside the evidential chain."
Last year the officer made national headlines when he questioned Mr Cameron over police cuts in a general election TV debate - and the Prime Minister mistakenly called him Zayn.
The officer saw the funny side and later changed his name on Twitter to "It's Zaid, not Zayn".
Vinny Bolina, spokesman for West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said: "We can confirm that Zaid Malik and Roger Brown have been charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice and will be appearing before Birmingham magistrates for a first hearing on June 17."