Authorities have identified the driver who allegedly posted an Internet video of himself speeding around Manhattan in just over 24 minutes.
Police on Thursday arrested 30-year-old Christopher Adam Tang of Manhattan after tracking him through his IP address, according to law enforcement sources. They charged him with reckless driving, reckless endangerment and other misdemeanor charges. Police also seized his 2006 BMW Z4.
Sources said Tang has a Canadian driver's license. It was revoked by a judge Thursday, along with his passport.
The video was posted on Aug. 28 with a description claiming the driver had set a record for the fastest loop around Manhattan.
Through a camera mounted on the dashboard, the video records the car 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.
According to criminal complaint, Tang claimed he never went over 100 mph and ran only one red light at a pedestrian crosswalk.
Electronic dance music provides the soundtrack as a stopwatch superimposed on the screen keeps time: 24 minutes and 7 seconds.
The Canadian national, who said he studied economics and political science in college, has lived in New York for several years with his wife. Prosecutors said he has previous traffic violations and that he admitted to once driving 4,000 miles in 38 hours.
Bail for Tang was set at $10,000 bond or $5,000 cash. He declined Legal Aid representation, telling the court he made enough money as a self-employed day trader to hire his own attorney.
There was no immediate response to a phone message left Friday with Tang's attorney.
--Shimon Prokupecz and Lori Bordonaro contributed to this story