A Searsport driver was taken to a local hospital New Year’s Day after he allegedly lost control of his sport utility vehicle and came to rest in the shallow waters of Goose River.

According to Belfast Police Officer Brian Lunt, police were called to the scene of an accident on Achorn Road in Belfast Sunday afternoon.

“When we arrived we found the vehicle had actually gone into the stream,” Lunt said.

The driver of the vehicle, 59-year-old Gary D. Roberts of Searsport, reportedly climbed out of the 1999 Kia after it went into the water, and Lunt said passersby stopped to help Roberts to shore.

Lunt said it appeared Roberts was traveling down Achorn Road and went off the right-hand side of the road. The Kia Roberts was said to be driving reportedly straddled a ditch and a culvert before striking a birch tree, and Lunt said the impact sent Roberts’ vehicle back across the road and into the water.

Lunt said Roberts, who sustained a head injury in the accident, was taken via Belfast Ambulance and Rescue to Waldo County General Hospital in Belfast.

Lunt said Roberts submitted to a blood test while at WCGH, and Roberts was subsequently charged with operating under the influence.

The Belfast Fire Department also responded to the scene to assist with getting the vehicle out of the river, Lunt said.