This week, Adam Tang (a.k.a. Afroduck), the driver who released a video last year claiming he had set the record for the fastest loop around Manhattan, was found guilty of reckless endangerment and reckless driving. Tang, 31, was a no-show in court, and is currently a fugitive hiding out in Canada. And he's not particularly interested in coming back anytime soon.
"The biggest lesson that I learned through all this is that if the cops come knocking at your door, don't cooperate. I mean what kind of society is that?" Tang, who drove from the FDR Drive around to the Henry Hudson Parkway and back in 24:07, told ABC via Skype from an undisclosed location in Canada. Tang added, "I mean, sure, maybe I did a stupid thing, I thought it would be cool, in hindsight New Yorkers would appreciate it, but do you think what I did was dangerous?"
A jury of his peers did. "The city’s roadways are not a racetrack," said District Attorney Cy Vance after the verdict. "Adam Tang showed blatant disregard for our traffic laws, and this dangerous and illegal behavior—which he repeatedly flaunted online - placed lives at risk. His daredevil antics were rightly found to be reckless by a jury of his peers, and I would like to thank them for their service on this case.”
Tang claims that he was tipped off the jury was rigged, and skipped both his last court appearance and town as a result. The jurors who spoke with the Post had a different opinion: Damascus Sookbirsingh told them he was the final juror to vote for guilt, and only was convinced by his reckless driving in traffic. "The last bit of video where he’s going fast. It was very dangerous. There was traffic," Sookbirsingh said. "They’d [other jurors] already made their minds up, but it just didn’t seem right. But I came around."
"Yes I sped. I'm not going to deny that, but I took much precaution to make sure that I did it safely. To, to, brandish me," Tang said. He faces up to a year in jail for reckless endangerment (plus 30 days for reckless driving).
"If the, I guess for lack of a better word, the man wants to come down on you, this is the extent to which they'll do it in order to prove a political point," Tang said.