A disqualified driver from Carshalton who lied to police after two people were seriously hurt in a crash in Kent has been jailed.

Scott Valero-Stewart, 26, of Rushy Meadow Lane, was convicted by a jury at Maidstone Crown Court on Monday (March 4) before being sentenced to prison.

He was found guilty of causing serious injury by dangerous driving, causing serious injury while driving whilst disqualified and breaching a suspended sentence.

The jury head how, in April 2017, Valero-Stewart had been driving around at around 12.30am when he “veered” across a road in Whitehall Road, Longfield, before crashing into some trees.

His car rolled onto its roof as a result while three passengers were injured – two of them were seriously hurt while the other sustained “minor” injuries.

Valero-Stewart flatly denied being the driver of the car, but instead told police two other men had been driving who fled from the scene of the crash.

Officers conducted a large-scale search of the area, which included police dogs and a helicopter, however, they later discovered he had bought the car the evening before and driven it without insurance.

Valero-Stewart was also disqualified from driving during the time of crash because of a previous offence for dangerous driving in 2016, leading to a 24-month suspended prison sentence.

He was jailed for more than four years at Maidstone Crown Court this month before being disqualified from driving by the judge for just over five years.