A New York jury has convicted Adam Tang, aka “AfroDuck,” who posted the video below from “AfroDuck Productions” showing him circling Manhattan at speeds up to 100 mph. Tang, 31, however, has now added being a fugitive to being a reckless idiot — he has fled to Canada. Remarkably, this is only a misdemeanor with a potential sentence of up to a year, but prosecutors insist, understandably, that he needs to spend time in jail. Tang turned down a two-month jail sentence in a plea offer saying that he is married to an American woman and wanted to avoid any criminal record in case it would cause immigration complications. Of course, filming himself speeding at 100 mph through Manhattan did not seem to be a “complication” for his immigration status. Nor did his later arrest history.
Tang used a dashboard camera to record his dangerous stunt –weaving at high-speed through traffic in his BMW Z4 convertible. His video attracted almost a million viewers . . . and New York police.
A stock trader, Tang was arrested in September 2013 and reportedly explained to officer that “I am a car fanatic.” He is also a moron. He wanted to break unofficial speed records for looping Manhattan, but insisted he was never reckless. While the video does show him stopping at six lights, it also shows him traveling at high speed while weaving between cars. However, he insisted that “I put a lot of esteem into driving and being a conscious and aware driver.”
Tang’s concern over his immigration status was not evident when he was arrested again in April after driving in the Bronx with a suspended license. He pleaded guilty to unlicensed driving and paid a fine.
Before closing arguments, Tang disappeared. His lawyer argued that he was speeding but not reckless. Remarkably, one juror seemed willing to buy that argument. Damascus Sookbirsingh, 61, said that he thought Tang should be acquitted because he stopped at traffic lights until other jurors conviction him to “basically to set an example.”
His lawyer Greg Gomez was left in a precarious position when his client responded to the conviction from Canada. Tang wrote “It was a lost cause, so why bother fight against something that is rigged?” He appeared on television from what was reported to be a “secret location.”
Tang seems the ultimate lost cause. If he agrees to stay out of the United States, one would have to consider it a victory for us all.
Source: NY Times