Published: 11:37, 13 August 2019
| Updated: 11:54, 13 August 2019
A dangerous driver who caused serious injuries to a girl after crashing into a tree has been jailed.
Michael Chapman repeatedly drove above the speed limit along the same passage of road in Sheerness before losing control in September 2018.
The 28-year-old, of Second Avenue, Sheerness, denied causing serious injury by dangerous driving but was convicted following a trial at Maidstone Crown Court.
Before the smash, Chapman convinced a woman he was travelling with to let him drive a Vauxhall Zafira despite not having a licence or insurance.
He repeatedly sped up and down a section of New Road before colliding with a tree near the junction with Dorset Road.
He was thought to be going at about 80mph.
One of the passengers, a young girl, has a serious leg injury that was initially treated as life threatening.
All passengers were able to get out of the car, which had a problem with its fuel system, before it caught alight.
Investigating officer PC Benjamin Price said: "Chapman made a deliberate and reckless decision to drive the car at high speeds despite not having a licence and drinking a large amount of alcohol.
"In taking control of the car, he accepted a duty to ensure the safety of his passengers and other road users. He flagrantly disregard this duty.
"His senseless decision caused serious injuries to a young child and it is merely down to chance that there weren’t fatal consequences."
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