POLICE descended on a multi-storey car park at a Boscombe shopping centre after a Range Rover allegedly collided with a wall, struck a police vehicle and forced an officer to take evasive action to avoid being hit.

Detectives investigating the ‘dangerous driving incident’ are appealing for witnesses or anyone with relevant dashcam footage to come forward.

It was reported officers from the neighbourhood policing team attempted to stop the occupants of a grey Range Rover that had just parked in the Sovereign Centre car park at around 6.40pm on Friday.

A statement from Dorset Police said they parked their unmarked police vehicle directly behind the Range Rover and approached on foot.

It is claimed the Range Rover moved forward and collided with a wall before reversing back and colliding with the police vehicle then driving off, causing one of the officers to take action to prevent being struck by the vehicle.

Another officer then reportedly arrived in a marked police car and the Range Rover was stopped in the car park. Nobody was injured during the incident.

DC Rebecca Joyce, of Bournemouth CID, said: “We are continuing to make enquiries into this incident and I would urge any witnesses to please contact us.

“I would also ask anyone who was in the area at the time who has dashcam fitted to their vehicle to check their footage for anything relevant.”

A 50-year-old Bournemouth man was arrested and has been charged with dangerous driving, criminal damage, failing to provide a specimen for analysis, failing to stop when required by a constable and driving without valid insurance.

He is due to appear at Poole Magistrates’ Court today.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at dorset.police.uk, by emailing 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55190136758. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or via www.crimestoppers-uk.org