A man fled police in Ilford, crashing into a police car, with a baby inside his vehicle.

The Met Police are only now appealing for help tracing a man wanted for questioning following the incident on Thursday, April 29.

Officers approached the driver of a parked black BMW X1 near the McDonalds drive-thru restaurant on Eastern Avenue in Ilford at 7.16pm after it was identified as displaying false number plates.

There was a baby inside the vehicle.

While an officer was speaking to the driver, he suddenly turned on the ignition and reversed his car, striking the police vehicle. He then mounted the pavement and drove off, heading west along the eastbound carriageway of the A12 Eastern Avenue, against the flow of traffic.

The man who was captured on the officer’s Body Worn Video, wore a black flat cap, brown-framed glasses, and a dark blue padded gilet over a black long sleeved top with Nike written down the sleeves in white. He had short locks, neatly trimmed facial hair, and spoke with a London accent.

Scotland Yard has released images of Aisa Khan Sampson-Spencer, 29, also known as ‘Merky Ace’, who is wanted for questioning.

PC Charlie Snooks, from the Roads and Transport Policing Command, said: “This was an irresponsible and reckless act that that could have had severe consequences for the driver, his infant passenger, people walking and cycling, and other motorists.

“I would urge anyone with any information to inform police immediately.”

Anyone who has any information is urged to contact the Met’s Roads and Transport Policing Command via 101 reference Cad 6162/29Apr. Alternatively call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or tweet @MetCC with any information.