Police: ‘Fastest Lap Around Manhattan’ Driver Arrested
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – A driver who police said allegedly sped around Manhattan in a record-breaking 24 minutes has been arrested.
Christopher Adam Tang, 30, of Manhattan, faces reckless driving and other charges. His 2006 BMW Z4 was also seized, police said.
“I’ll comment later,” he told reporters while being led away in handcuffs.
Tang was arrested at his home late Thursday night after a video of the hair-raising drive popped up on YouTube last month. The video, titled “Fastest Loop Of Manhattan 2013,” was posted on YouTube anonymously on Aug. 28.
Going by the name “AfroDuckProduction” the poster of the video boasts about beating a previous record-breaking drive around Manhattan allegedly made by another driver.
“Records are made to be broken,” the video description reads.
The entire drive was captured on a dashboard mounted camera.
In the video Tang is accused of recording, he is allegedly seen speeding through the city, cutting people off and weaving in and out of traffic. It stops for six red lights along the 26.4-mile loop.
The video shows the car heading south on the FDR Drive from 116th Street to Battery Park and then up West Street back to 116th Street. A superimposed stopwatch on the screen records the lap time at 24 minutes and 7 seconds.
The YouTube video has more than 300,000 hits so far. It not only caught the attention of thrill seekers, but also authorities.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly was anything but impressed by the stunt and was certain the alleged driver would be caught.
“We now have license plate readers that are positioned in the city that will assist in this type of investigation,” he said.
Before the arrest, a person claiming to be “Afroduck” defended his actions in an interview with a popular car blog saying, “Being a fast driver doesn’t mean that you’re inherently a bad or reckless driver.”
Tang is being held at central booking and is expected to be in court Friday morning.
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