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Police: Guy drove car into Gowanus Canal after alleged hit and run

Monday morning plunge: A motorist drove his car into the Gowanus Canal late Monday morning near Degraw Street.
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Now he needs a bath — and a lawyer.

A man drove his car into the fetid waters of the Gowanus Canal on Monday morning — allegedly in a desperate bid to flee the scene of a crash, in which he hit a woman and possibly an infant girl, police said.

The driver was heading down Court Street when he allegedly smashed his car into a Camry parked near Degraw Street at around 11:10 am, injuring a woman’s foot as she attempted to place the 1-year-old girl in the car, according to an officer at the scene who only identified himself as a police chief.

The motorist did not stick around and own up to the havoc, the officer claimed — instead, he took a sharp left on Degraw, put his foot to the floor, and fled — directly into Brooklyn’ Nautical Purgatory,

The 36-year-old man sent his car barreling through the guardrail that separates Degraw Street from the Canal, and his vehicle plunged up to its windows in the canal’s gonorrhea-corrupted waters, the officer said.

The motorist was lucky on a few counts, according to the chief, who said if it wasn’t for the railing and the fact that the Gowanus was at low tide, there might not have been anyone left to arrest.

“If it wasn’t for the guardrails, he probably would have went further and been completely submerged,” he said.

The 36-year-old man was able to pull himself out of the car through a window, and clamor up onto his vehicle’s roof, when a group of teamsters working on the television series “The Americans,” which was filming nearby, appeared to lend a hand and haul him out of the canal, according to a truck driver with the production.

The driver went on to say that the suspect was given a checkup inside an ambulance, before cops slapped him in cuffs and led him into a squad car.

It is unclear if the woman who was injured received medical care, but the police boss said the young girl was taken to Lutheran Hospital as a precautionary measure, even though, at a glance, the child didn’t appear to be suffering any injuries.

— with Jason Speakman

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at cmixson@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-4505.
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I'm sure the bike zealots will come here to explain why this is the drivers fault, but that couldn't be farther from the truth. The fact is that if this street had a bridge or if the canal was paved over for parking and car access then this wouldn't have happened. But the Streetsbloggers wouldn't like that since it would take away from people who like canals. So you can blame the city for this for listening too much to the people who don't understand that some people need cars to get around and that means going fast now and then. This man is not to blame but others will say he is.
Jan. 18, 2016, 2:51 pm
diehipster from Crushing Colbys says:
Hopefully the car landed on a LOOOOOOK ATTTTT MEEEEEEEE bearded hipster transplant kayaker from Wisconsin.
Jan. 18, 2016, 3:47 pm
Darth Zadeh from Brklyn says:
I wonder how the uncovering of the Sawmill River in Yonkers turned out?
Jan. 18, 2016, 5:04 pm
Jimmy From Brooklyn from South Brooklyn says:
Reading the first two comments have officially made me dumber. Thanks ass-hats.
Jan. 18, 2016, 5:12 pm
MJ from Bay Ridge says:
so this guy can be hired as a stuntman for the TV series “The Americans"
Jan. 19, 2016, 9:31 am
EPA ALERT from Brooklyn says:
Give him another violation as a Gowanus Canal polluter!

In the old days, they used to kill them before dumping them in the canal. So what's this, live bait?

Will this water body ever get boring. Imagine if the other dope was swimming the canal and got hit by this guy's car, we' have to call it a "hit and swim".

I crack me up!!!
Jan. 19, 2016, 11:18 am
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
What did I miss yesterday especially being pretty busy and not being able to be at my computer all day yesterday due to MLK Jr Day?
Jan. 19, 2016, 5:04 pm

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