Driver plunges into Gowanus Canal while fleeing accident: police

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 A driver lost control in Brooklyn Monday, his car plunging into the polluted and frigid waters of the Gowanus Canal. (Keith Blacknick)

A driver lost control in Brooklyn Monday, his car plunging into the polluted and frigid waters of the Gowanus Canal. (Keith Blacknick)

GOWANUS, Brooklyn – Police arrested a driver who survived a plunge into the polluted and frigid waters of the Gowanus Canal Monday.

The suspect, who hasn’t been named, ran over the foot of a woman who was trying to get into a car with her small child along Degraw Street, according to police sources.

The driver took off toward the dead end where the street ends at the canal and lost control, the Audi flying off the edge and into the murky Gowanus.

Witnesses say the superfund site’s filthy waters only reached his ankles before he managed to scramble out of the sedan to safety.

FDNY officials confirm the unidentified driver refused medical attention at the scene.

Police arrested him at the scene; charges are pending.