According to a criminal complaint charging Adam Tang with reckless driving, Tang claimed he never went over 100 mph and ran only one red light at a pedestrian crosswalk.
Tang, 30, appeared Friday in court in Manhattan but did not enter a plea. Bail was set at $10,000 bond or $5,000 cash. His lawyer did not respond to a phone message seeking comment.
Police had arrested Tang on Thursday and seized his 2006 BMW Z4 after news reports began surfacing about a YouTube video, posted last week by a user called AfroDuck, that chronicled the nighttime stunt. A day before his arrest, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly told reporters investigators would review data from license-plate readers along Tang's route.
On Friday, it wasn't immediately clear what role the license-plate readers played in the investigation.
A dashboard-mounted camera had recorded the BMW 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.
Electronic dance music provides the soundtrack in the video as a stopwatch superimposed on the screen keeps time: 24 minutes and 7 seconds. The driver claimed on tape to have broken the unofficial speed record for the same route.
[to top of second column]
The driver, using the name AfroDuck, told the car culture blog Jalopnik after the video was posted that records were meant to be broken
-- and that the driver wasn't identifiable from watching the 6-minute video.
"Being a fast driver doesn't mean that you're inherently a bad or reckless driver," Afroduck told Jalopnik.
Copyright 2013 The Associated
Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published,
broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.