A DRIVER will appear in court in connection with a crash that left a three year-old girl with potentially life-changing injuries in Dorset.

It is alleged that the 43 year old man was over the legal drug-driving limit when his red Seat Leon was involved in a collision with the girl on April 23 in Gillingham.

The three year old girl, who was a pedestrian, was taken to hospital by the air ambulance to be treated for serious injuries.

A police spokesman said: "At 11.46am on Thursday April 23 2020 Dorset Police received a report of a collision in Le Neubourg Way, opposite the Waitrose supermarket, involving a red Seat Leon and a pedestrian.

"Emergency services attended and the pedestrian, a three-year-old girl, was taken by air ambulance to Southampton General Hospital for treatment to injuries that were believed to be potentially life-changing.

"The driver of the Seat, a 43-year-old man from Gillingham, has been issued with a postal requisition for an offence of driving a motor vehicle with a proportion of a specified controlled drug above the specified legal limit.

"He is due to appear at Weymouth Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday November 25 2020."