A New York man was taken to the hospital Sunday evening as a precaution after driving in Belfast Harbor.

Belfast Police Chief Mike McFadden said William Haley, 74, of New York was driving down Main Street at 6 p.m. July 26 when he mistakenly drove down the boat launch ramp and into the harbor.

Haley initially struggled to escape from his 2010 Volkswagen Jetta as the vehicle began to submerge, but was assisted by Ron Stevens of Rhode Island, who happened to be nearby, McFadden said.

Haley was able to escape through the rear of the vehicle.

The vehicle was towed from the water and McFadden said it did not appear any gasoline or oil leaked from the Volkswagen into the harbor.

Haley was taken to Waldo County General Hospital for evaluation, McFadden said.

He said the vehicle was totaled after being submerged in the water.

In October 2014, a Searsport woman also drove into the harbor after she became confused and drove down the boat ramp. She was able to escape her sinking vehicle with help from a deputy harbor master and an employee of Belmont Boatworks.