A grime rapper who has worked with Dizzee Rascal is being hunted by cops after a driver reversed into a police car and sped off into oncoming traffic with a baby on the backseat.

Aisa Khan Sampson-Spencer, also known as Merky Ace, is thought to have been the motorist stopped by officers while parked in a black BMW X1 near a McDonalds drive-thru in Ilford, east London.

The 29-year-old, who was signed to Dizzee Rascal's label Dirtee Stank and features on his Dirtee TV 2 Christmas 2012 mixtape, is said to have suddenly turned on the ignition and reversed his 4x4, striking the police vehicle while talking to officers.

The driver, believed to be MC and producer Sampson-Spencer who released his debut album in 2018, then mounted the pavement and drove off heading towards oncoming traffic, Scotland Yard said.

Police said they went to speak to the motorist just after 7.15pm on April 29 because the BMW was spotted with false number plates.

When the driver suddenly started the ignition and headed west along the eastbound carriageway of the A12 Eastern Avenue, there was a baby inside the vehicle, police said.

Met Police said Sampson-Spencer, who is thought to be the man captured on the officer’s body worn cameras, was wearing 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.

The suspect was described as having short locks, neatly trimmed facial hair, and spoke with a London accent, according to police.

Police said Sampson-Spencer and the vehicle both have links to Croydon and Greenwich in south London as well as Barking and Dagenham, east London.

Today (Fri) the Met Police launched an appeal for information after the alleged dangerous driving and issued a still image of the driver seen in the officer's body worn video.

Officers also released an image of Sampson-Spencer.

PC Charlie Snooks, from the Met Police's Roads and Transport Policing Command, said: “This was an irresponsible and reckless act 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.”

Merky Ace was a founding member of the grime collective Family Tree and later Tizzy Gang - a group he is still a part of, making trap and dubstep tunes.

The songwriter, originally from Lewisham, south east London, also produces beats under the pseudonym Splurt Diablo and released his debut album War is Normal in May 2018.

Anyone who has any information about the alleged dangerous driving incident can contact the Met’s Roads and Transport Policing Command on 101 quoting reference Cad 6162/29Apr or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or tweeting @MetCC.