Several readers have been in touch to report Police pursuing a car through the residential streets of the town, with further reports suggesting the vehicle has been abandoned with the occupant or occupants decamping and fleeing the scene.
The Police helicopter is circling the area as officers on the ground work with the air support to locate the wanted person or persons.
Island Echo believes the vehicle had been stolen, with the owner only becoming aware after friends at the scene in Cowes contacted him after recognising the numberplate.
The boot of the R-reg vehicle has been searched.
Witnesses have described the moment one male decamped and fled from the scene after coming to a stop in the no through road of Ash Grove, fleeing on foot towards Maxsted Close.
NPAS Bournemouth have confirmed this morning (Saturday) that they have assisted Hampshire Constabulary with a suspect search in the area and that enquiries are ongoing.
It is currently unknown if a suspect has been arrested in relation to the incident – which has involved over 6 Police vehicles – however several Police cell vans were reported to be in attendance at nearby Maxsted Close shortly before the helicopter returned to Dorset.
Shockingly, whilst carrying out the aerial search, the helicopter crew had a laser pen shone at them.
Recovery for the vehicle has been arranged.
UPDATE @ 08:40 – Police have this morning confirmed that the suspect remains at large after officers failed to locate the male during the early hours search.
The driver failed to stop for Police.