Just over one week ago, a video titled "Fastest Lap Around Manhattan" was uploaded to YouTube by a user known only as AfroDuckProductions. The clip documents a so-called "record breaking" 24-minute loop around New York City. Looking at the video alone, it's all but impossible to tell who was behind the wheel during the reckless stunt. But early this morning, the NYPD took 30-year-old Christopher Tang into custody for the 26.5-mile joyride. It's not yet known how police found their man. Speaking to The New York Post prior to the arrest, police commissioner Ray Kelly hinted that authorities may turn to the city's vast array of surveillance cameras and license plate scanners to pinpoint the perpetrator.
Officials haven't confirmed whether they in fact employed those powerful tools to file the charges, or whether Tang was instead foiled by simpler means. The YouTube video identifies the car model used for the drive, a BMW Z4, which could have only helped police with their search. There's also the possibility that one of the countless cars Tang allegedly raced past managed to jot down his license plate number.
AfroDuck's speed wasn't necessarily outrageous; he would only need to travel at an average of 66 mph to meet that 24 minute goal. But innocent drivers were put in very real danger during the "record" loop — the driver clearly runs a red light at 2:26 in the video. AfroDuck defended the speedy Manhattan lap in an interview with Jalopnik, saying "being a fast driver doesn't mean that you're inherently a bad or reckless driver." Whether or not that's true, most people would agree that uploading the blatantly illegal act to YouTube was a supreme error in judgement. But it didn't stop AfroDuck from boasting. "You frankly can't identify who I am by just looking at the video and records were meant to be broken." As you'll see in the ABC News segment below, Tang was all smiles when he was eventually nabbed by police.