The incident happened last week. Image credit: Nottinghamshire Police

Police are appealing for information after a driver wrote off a police car as it escaped from a car park.

Armed police, driving in an unmarked car, had previously tailed a silver Audi A4 convertible along Lincoln Road in Newark which was believed to be using cloned registration plates.

Police in marked cars then came to assist, but the driver of the Audi then reversed into the marked police vehicle and then forward into the undercover car before breaking out of a McDonald’s car park through a wooden fence.

No one was reported to have been injured following the incident at around 11.20pm on Tuesday (15 June) but the police vehicles were extensively damaged and one of them was undriveable.

Inspector Charlotte Allardice, district commander for Newark and Sherwood, said: “The driver of this car acted incredibly dangerously and caused extensive damage to the restaurant fence and to two police cars.

“We are grateful that no one was injured as a result of this erratic behaviour.

“We have a robust investigation taking place and we’re exploring all avenues in order to track down the driver of this car.

“We don’t yet know why this car was being used with cloned number plates but it is usually so the driver can carry out driving offences or other criminal activity and go undetected. We won’t tolerate this behaviour.

“If anyone saw a silver Audi A4 convertible being driven in a suspicious manner in the Newark area last night or has any information that could help, please call us on 101 quoting incident 945 of 15 June.”

Alternatively, people can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.