A driver who allegedly posted an Internet video of himself speeding around Manhattan in just over 24 minutes is facing charges of reckless driving, authorities said Friday.
According to a criminal complaint charging Adam Tang with reckless driving, Tang claimed he never went over 100 mph and ran only one red light at a pedestrian crosswalk.
Tang, 30, appeared Friday in court in Manhattan but did not enter a plea. Bail was set at $10,000 bond or $5,000 cash. His lawyer did not respond to a phone message seeking comment.
Police had arrested Tang on Thursday and seized his 2006 BMW Z4 after news reports began surfacing about a YouTube video, posted last week by a user called AfroDuck, that chronicled the nighttime stunt. A day before his arrest, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly told reporters investigators would review data from license-plate readers along Tang’s route.
A dashboard-mounted camera had recorded the BMW traveling southbound on the FDR Drive from 116th Street to Battery Park and then up West Street back to 116th Street. Along the 26.4-mile loop, it stops for six red lights.
Electronic dance music provides the soundtrack in the video as a stopwatch superimposed on the screen keeps time: 24 minutes and 7 seconds. The driver claimed on tape to have broken the unofficial speed record for the same route.
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