An anonymous driver who posted an online video of his 26.5-mile, 24-minute journey around New York’s Manhattan has been identified and arrested. A driver formerly known only as Afroduck posted a video to YouTube last week, claiming to have set a new record for the fastest lap around Manhattan, as reported by the New York Times. The previous records were set by CBC with 26 minutes in 2010 and Alex Roy with 27 minutes in 2001, according to Afroduck.
Popular car blog Jalopnik managed to score an interview with Afroduck, who claimed he was always in control during his lap. “In fact, this wasn’t the first time I broke the record,” Afroduck said. “I can do it consistently under 24 minutes and most likely beat my own record again.”
Afroduck said he wasn’t worried about being identified. “You frankly can’t identify who I am by just looking at the video, and records were meant to be broken,” he said. “I’ll release my name a year from now.”
His comments incensed New York Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly, who launched an investigation into identifying the driver. “We now have license-plate readers in the city that will assist in this type of investigation,” Kelly said.
As the New York Times reported, Afroduck is Christopher Adam Tang, 30. Police arrested him on Thursday night and charged him with six driving violations, including reckless driving and reckless endangerment. His vehicle, a 2006 BMW Z4, was also seized. Police said they recreated his lap using surveillance videos, which led to him being identified.
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According to Jalopnik, Tang’s driving route began on the Franklin D. Roosevelt East River Drive at East 116th Street. He traveled south down under the Williamsburg, Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges before driving through the Battery Park tunnel and zipping north up the West Side Highway. Tang turned right by the George Washington Bridge at Washington Heights and ended up back at his starting point. His average speed was roughly 66 mph.
Tang told Jalopnik he doesn’t consider what he did to be reckless. “Whether you[’re] a good driver or not, when you’re on the road, you have a high chance of getting hit by a drunk driver, being cut off (especially in NY), etc,” Tang said. “Being a good driver, you’re more aware of what is around you. Being a fast driver doesn’t mean that you’re inherently a bad or reckless driver. Like I said before, I’m in control. That said, understand traffic patterns, understand what’s around you, and understand how others control or don’t control their cars.”
Watch here Tang’s video of his journey, taken with a dashboard camera: