In what appears to be a poorly planned escape from the scene of a hit and run, the driver of an Audi sedan sank his car into the Gowanus canal after striking another vehicle at the intersection of Degraw Street and Court Street at around 11:15 a.m. today.

Police said that the driver sped down Degraw toward the canal, but he didn't have time to brake or make a quick turn before realizing it was a dead end and going through a safety rail and into the sewage-saturated water. He was arrested upon exiting the car and charged with reckless endangerment and leaving the scene of an accident.

According to an NYPD spokesperson, the occupants of the vehicle that the driver struck — a woman and a child — were taken to Methodist Hospital and are in stable condition. An FDNY spokesperson confirmed that the driver was uninjured.

The driver was able to get out of the car before it was fully submerged, DNAinfo reports: Keith Blacknick, who witnessed the incident, told the website that "[i]t looked just like his ankles were wet from climbing out of the car."