Residents have told of their shock after being awoken by a car crashing into a garage wall in Weymouth during the early hours of the morning.

Police are hunting the occupants of the car who fled the crash scene in Portland Road, Wyke Regis. It's also been indicated they may have dropped something nearby as they ran off as officers are asking residents to check gardens for items. 

It would appear that the car mounted the pavement near the junction with Dumbarton Road before careering over the grass of a property and crashing into the stone wall of a garage.

The car left clear marks on the grass and the impact caused a crack in the wall of the garage with some material broken off. No-one was injured.

The property owner did not want to comment.

Dorset Echo:

Police said it happened at around 4am on Saturday, March 16 and involved a grey BMW.

It was reported that there were three people in the car, who were seen making off in the direction of Lyndale Road after the crash.

Police attended the scene and carried out searches, but the occupants were not found. The vehicle has since been recovered whilst police are still making enquiries.

One local resident said: “We have heard from other residents that they noticed people run away from the car very quickly. The road was partially closed off by the police - it was the lights on the police cars that woke us up.

“The tow truck for the car came around 7am. I don’t know if the car was being pursued but it looks as though it swerved off the road and smashed into the garage, knocking a great piece out of it,” they added.

A second resident said: “Nobody seems to know quite how it happened, that grassy area was wet- if someone gets on the grass there they will just slide and go.

Another added that they hoped everyone in the affected property was okay.

Dorset Echo: Sergeant Richard Symonds, of Weymouth and Portland police, said: “Our investigation is continuing, and I am keen to hear from any witnesses to the collision or anyone who saw a vehicle matching the one described in the area prior to the incident.

“I would also urge residents or motorists who were in the vicinity to check any home CCTV systems or dashcam footage for anything that might assist our enquiries.

“Finally, I am keen to hear from anyone who may have come across any items that appear they may have been discarded in the area, particularly in nearby gardens.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55240039602. Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously online at or by calling Freephone 0800 555 111.