A man was seen running from a car after it smashed into Preston Market.
Police were called just after 6pm on Tuesday, to reports that a black Mercedes had hit a bollard at the market.
Officers said one man was seen running from the car.
He is described as white, about 5ft 8in tall, wearing a white baseball cap, a green jacket and dark trousers.
Police said nobody was hurt.
A spokesman for Preston Council said: “Council staff were on site immediately following this incident and called the Police.
“Fortunately no-one was injured.
“Our property services team are currently assessing the damage.
“Hopefully, due to the solid nature of the column’s construction, any damage will be superficial.”