Police say Christopher Adam Tang, 30, drove in excess of 60 miles per hour around Manhattan in his 2006 BMW Z4, completing a 26-mile loop in 24 minutes. The New York Post traced his route south on FDR Drive, then north on West Side Highway. He headed east over a narrow portion of northern Manhattan on the Cross-Bronx Expressway and then back on to FDR Drive to close the loop. He uploaded a time-lapsed video of the journey, which took place Aug. 26 at 4 a.m., to YouTube.
The stunt made Tang an internet celebrity, but also caught the attention of law enforcement.
Authorities arrested Tang on Sept. 5 after video surveillance of his license plate surfaced. According to The New York Daily News he was charged with reckless endangerment, reckless driving, speeding, traffic violation and other offenses.
On Monday, the NYPD took the unusual step of asking a court to seize the Z4 using a city law that allows cops to claim vehicles used to commit a crime. The law is typically used to seize property from drug dealers. A lawyer tells the New York Post that a forfeiture motion for something other than a drug-related crime is "very rare." The car has been impounded since his arrest.
The forfeiture motion is separate from Tang's criminal case, which is scheduled to continue in December.