Don't speed. Don't drive recklessly. Don't try to break the unofficial record for a lap of Manhattan. And if you go against this reasonable advice, do not, under any circumstances, record it and post the video on YouTube. If you do, you'll end up like Christopher Adam Tang - under arrest and facing a bevy of charges relating to the video.

Tang posted the video, which showed him lapping Manhattan in 24 minutes last Wednesday, and it quickly went viral. Now Tang, who went by the online moniker AfroDuck, is in cuffs. According to a local CBS affiliate, he was picked up at his home on Wednesday evening by police, who also seized the car used in the video, a 2006 BMW Z4.

What isn't clear is how Tang was caught. His video seems carefully done in that there are no outwardly visible signs that point to him, while the video itself is clearly sped up. While the NYPD hasn't come out and said that Tang was caught due to its extensive surveillance systems around the city, police commissioner Ray Kelly did point out that the new systems "will assist in this type of investigation." Let that serve as a warning to anyone that tries to break the 24-minute barrier. Scroll down to watch the full video.

Manhattan Speeder Posts Online Video That Leads to Arrest


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      Gorgenapper
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hey, let's do something clearly illegal and extremely douchebag-like in a BMW, record the whole thing and post it on Youtube in an age where video surveillance is everywhere, and cops can put 2 and 2 together. Sounds legit.
        John Doe
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Gorgenapper
        What's douche-bag about it? And what difference does it make that it's a BMW? Would you prefer it were a 1957 Studebaker Hawk? Or an old Rambler American?
      Steve
      • 1 Year Ago
      That's pure genius.....make a video of yourself breaking several laws, and then post it on the internet. Many young people today just aren't too bright.
        superchan7
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Steve
        Pretty dumb for a 30-year-old. I guess he's single and has no family obligations to cap his alpha-male urges. He should note that females don't buy this type of posturing behaviour. Too bad he got......kokblokked (is that what they call it nowadays?).
      NMeng
      • 1 Year Ago
      Close the streets and run an F1 Car through there! It'll only take 5 minutes!
        MotionDesigner
        • 1 Year Ago
        @NMeng
        It'll take years of pothole repairs and to smooth the tarmac on FDR and WSH and everything in between. But that would be an awesome race for sure! I could watch it from my window!
      knightrider_6
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'm surprised he didn't get caught while doing the lap. The cops must be on their donut break.
      ap
      • 1 Year Ago
      60 mph average speed in Manhattan ? Pretty good. When i drive there, I'm happy if I'm averaging 6.
      Jason
      • 1 Year Ago
      He would probably get off on a technicality saying that there is no evidence that it was actually him driving the car. The video does not actually show him does it? No, it does not. You would also be hard pressed to even prove it was his car. Yeah, He probably did it, but the proof is on the city.
      Matthew A Clarke
      • 1 Year Ago
      through his youtube account??
      Michael
      • 1 Year Ago
      Unless he caused an accident or hurt somebody or was caught him in the act then quit beings such petty crybabys and let him go, idiots.
        MONTEGOD7SS
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Michael
        You'll get voted down, but only by morons that love victimless crimes. Just like DUI, drug use, and prostitution, if there is no victim then what was the crime?
          MONTEGOD7SS
          • 1 Year Ago
          @MONTEGOD7SS
          Thank you officer Karl for your take on it. Like I said, there are plenty of people like you that love punishing people for what could have happened. Minority Report much?
          Karl_T
          • 1 Year Ago
          @MONTEGOD7SS
          No, he'll get voted down because stupidity such as this is what leads to more restrictive laws, harsher penalties, and, well, accidents. Just because he happened to make it through without an accident doesn't mean it wasn't asinine, idiotic, and immature. I hope they seize the car, fine the hell out of him, and take his license for a substantial amount of time. Put it on the track, dumb ass.
          Ajay Dionysus
          • 1 Year Ago
          @MONTEGOD7SS
          I agree. However, DUI is often not a victimless crime. I believe the penalties should be lighter for a DUI that doesn't result in an accident, and heavier for one that does.
        flychinook
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Michael
        @Montegod7SS So, you don't feel that anything is a crime until there is a "victim"? Are you ok with people you don't know wandering into your house, as long as they don't steal anything? Are you ok with somebody firing a gun at you, as long as they miss? Are you ok with somebody putting a landmine in your front yard, as long as you don't step on it? Can I throw some cinderblocks over your car? It isn't "Minority Report". We punish people who put others in unnecessary danger, to prevent others from doing the same, therefore decreasing the number of incidents where somebody becomes a victim. Drunk driving is illegal because drunk drivers crash (often into other cars/people/property) at a much higher rate than sober drivers. So we, as a society with an average IQ of more than 2, try to minimize drunk driving by imposing penalties on people who drive drunk, even if *gasp* they didn't run into anything.
          flychinook
          • 1 Year Ago
          @flychinook
          John Doe, you can feel free to answer my questions too. All of the situations I listed are "victimless" by definition, so would you be ok with any of them happening to you? Are you comfortable with bullets whizzing past your head? Or 3500 lbs of metal, piloted by an untrained idiot, whizzing past your family? Should you ever reproduce, do you trust the breaks and reaction time of the some adrenaline - junkie teenager when your kids cross the street?
        gibbs5988
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Michael
        Why don't you just shoot a gun in the air in the middle of the city, it should be totally fine if nobody gets hurt.
        superchan7
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Michael
        If you let him go, every idiot with a clapped out ricer will be trying to burn down that record starting TONIGHT. Innocent people WILL be killed. Throw this punk in the crapper and teach people a lesson. Lap times belong on closed tracks.
          clquake
          • 1 Year Ago
          @superchan7
          People have been doing this pretty much since the roads were built. He's not the first, and won't be the last, have seen 700hp muscle cars to 100 hp beige Corollas. His arrest won't really stop it, they'll just stop posting it on youtube, like they did before youtube was around.
      Karl_T
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hilarious to see the dumb ass busted. Stupid is as stupid does. Hope they seize his car.
        angelalvalois
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Karl_T
        You're obviously a big nanny-state child who epitomizes everything America has come as it slips further and further into decline. Millions of single mother raised eunuchs like yourself have been raised to sit down to pee and now we are a country of people who want everything handed to them with absolutely no risk. Just the thought of people like you disgusts me. Go drive your Prius and post at HuffPoo and leave the car talk to actual people who could appreciate them without 28 airbags and self-braking.
          Karl_T
          • 1 Year Ago
          @angelalvalois
          As someone who is a student and fan of psychoanalysis, it's hilarious how badly you missed the mark in thinking you could pigeon-hole me..... You may be an insecure individual who thinks driving like a dumb ass on public roads replaces/makes up for a part of you that is missing, but for those of us who are mature, secure individuals, it's just a case of 'adults' fighting-out against their unresolved issues from childhood and a belief that rules/laws are truly a cap on who we are as individuals. Was mommy a bit overbearing and you still haven't felt like you've staked your own claim?
          Karl_T
          • 1 Year Ago
          @angelalvalois
          Well, raceboy, I guess I'm not sure what you feel is implied by 'replying within minutes'? Should I pretend that a reply made 2 days after an initial post is any less relavant than one I made 10 minutes after? Should I pretend that I am not sitting with my tablet in front of me tonight as I watch World Cup qualifing soccer and college football? Should I pretend I'm not at home on a Friday night because I need to be at the gym at 5 AM on Saturday? I don't know -or care- what a 'clover' is, but as an adult and 20 year member of the SCCA, I do care about what dumb asses think is appropriate and safe driving on public roads. Just this morning I watched a ding-dong in a Grand Prix think he was 'racing' me on a public road. Should I have blown him into the weeds just because? Should I have done it even though I know I can without question? No. If he truly thinks his Pontiac POS is something, he'll show-up at one of the open road course or 1/4 mile nights at a local track. I am not about to put the health and life of innocent people at risk to prove what i already know. Not to mention my own pocket book, license or insurance. I'm not that insecure.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @angelalvalois
          [blocked]
          John Doe
          • 1 Year Ago
          @angelalvalois
          Absolutely, 100% agreed. The rest of these namby-pambys wringing their hands in fright? *meh*
          flychinook
          • 1 Year Ago
          @angelalvalois
          "You're obviously a big nanny-state child who epitomizes everything America has come as it slips further and further into decline" Or maybe he doesn't like being put into unnecessary danger by morons.
          John Doe
          • 1 Year Ago
          @angelalvalois
          Ah! I see it now! Karl T prefers the exclusivity of "pay to play". G-dawg, keep your little boys club, and your little gym membership. Leave the real men alone, they're no threat to your little bitty world. In fact, they want no part of your clubs, claiming to promote safety and professionalism, when in reality, they're fee-based country clubs, designed to exclude. As others, and I, have said-penis envy, LOL!
          superchan7
          • 1 Year Ago
          @angelalvalois
          Um....welcome to the real world, where endangering other people is not one of the steps to attaining manhood. So if the idiot hits a patch of water, spins into oncoming traffic and kills a family of 4 who just wanted to go to a baseball game, do you think that's still worth one immature 30-year-old's self-esteem boost? "Freedom", give me a break.
        John Doe
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Karl_T
        Nice how you reverse your penis envy on others who have balls. Take your thumb out of your mouth-it's oaky.
      Nick Allain
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good, I guess they solved all the other crimes. With the exception of the redlight, I don't think he's even going faster than most people drive at some point in their lives. I remember having a 55 mile each way commute on i90 in MA where I would do almost anything (outside of going outside the lines) to cut some time off the 2 hour each way trip. He was driving like a douchebag but that hardly seems arrest worthy. The only difference is that he put a video of it on the internet. It seems to me that his biggest crime is stupidity.
        MotionDesigner
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Nick Allain
        Tightly weaving through traffic at high speeds (he had to have been going fast to make that lap time, even with the clear straights) is reckless endangerment. That's grounds for a felony. Too much of that happens in Manhattan. I'm glad someone actually got arrested for it, in the dumbest way possible.
          John Doe
          • 1 Year Ago
          @MotionDesigner
          Cry cry cry, and you'll cry alone. Piss yourself, did you?
          MotionDesigner
          • 1 Year Ago
          @MotionDesigner
          John, you're a loser in life :) Very clear on this message board. Keep going!
        John Doe
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Nick Allain
        Amen, x2! Good thing that the rest of these angelic little girls have never done anything untoward, in their entire lives. Likely as not, they're just upset because they don't have the steel to do it themselves.
        19nomad56
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Nick Allain
        I believe driving like a douchebag SHOULD be illegal, if it isn't already. Child endangerment is illegal, why not everyone else endangerment.
      Hampton
      • 1 Year Ago
      Glad they caught him.He could have killed someone I've driven on the roads of NYC and encountered these ghetto rats coming up from the rear and weaving in and out at insane speeds.They have absolutely no regard for the safety of anyone else on the road. Get a job and some money and rent a closed circuit . Great job NYPD!
      Xa
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's a 24 mile loop done in 24 minutes = 60 mph average over the entire run. You guys make it seem like he was doing 150 MPH in a school zone at dismissal.
        nycartst
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Xa
        If you have ever driven it … with red lights and traffic he had to hit over 100-130 at points to keep an average of 60 … It is a miracle the car held up after driving the FDR at those speeds. Just hitting 40 on it, I feel like my car is gonna get torn apart (and that road has eaten many of my tires). Would make a great commercial for the durability of a BMW!
        clquake
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Xa
        I've done that run in 28 minutes, and I drove like a madman. If there was a cop, I would have been arrested. The amount of traffic & lights kills the average speed. This isn't a track where everyone's going as fast as they can. Hitting even 40 mph can be a challenge in NY. Must be easy when you're the world's best couch driver.
        Bobby_Sards
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Xa
        This is why suburban kids are so ****** up. Over-protective parents who walk their kids to school and censor female nipples, and street racing from TV
        MotionDesigner
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Xa
        Another poster with no common sense. 60mph was the AVERAGE, because that included many stop lights which factors in 0mph into that average. Doesn't mean he was not speeding. I grew up in NYC. It takes about 20 minutes just to get from Lower Manhattan to the GW Bridge... and that's when I drive a normal 65-70mph. This guy did the whole perimeter in 24 minutes. You're a clown to think he wasn't speeding.
          MotionDesigner
          • 1 Year Ago
          @MotionDesigner
          Dom, he said "average" as if to imply he was going appx. 60mph throughout the entire lap, as if he was not speeding at all. You fail to understand the syntax of English grammar and vocabulary... so keep your opinion to yourself.
          Xa
          • 1 Year Ago
          @MotionDesigner
          @MotionDesigner No, actually, I am implying that the speeds weren't that high, because if he were driving much faster, he would have averaged a higher speed. Only 10% of the run was spent stationary at lights. That would mean that to get an average of 60 MPH for the entire run, he would have had to spend the rest of the run averaging 66 MPH. Taking into account time for acceleration, delays behind traffic, and the closing speed on other vehicles, I would probably guess that he was driving about 75 MPH for most of the run. Or you can ignore the video and mathematics and logic, and believe whatever. Doesn't matter.
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