'Fastest Lap in Manhattan' Driver Convicted in NYC (VIDEO)

Nov 08, 2014 09:00 AM EST | Matt Mercuro

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A man who drove a sports car around Manhattan in 24 minutes, reaching speeds of 100 miles per hour, was found guilty on Thursday of reckless endangerment and reckless driving.

Adam Tang, 31, has a Canadian passport, could spend up to a year in prison for his actions, which he videotaped and uploaded to the Internet in 2013, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said in a statement.

"The city's roadways are not a racetrack," Vance said, according to Reuters. "Adam Tang showed blatant disregard for our traffic laws, and this dangerous and illegal behavior - which he repeatedly flaunted online - placed lives at risk."

Tang was not present for the jury verdict read at state Supreme Court in Manhattan, a DA spokeswoman said. Multiple media outlets have reported that Tang has fled the country.

The video, which was at the center of Tang's trial, appears to have been filmed from the dashboard of a 2006 BMW Z4 and was posted on YouTube back in August 2013.

So far the video has received over 800,000 views.

The car can be seen weaving in and out of traffic in the video, zipping through tunnels and under bridges, to the soundtrack of electronic dance music.

Lights from skyscrapers can be seen at times glittering in the background as the vehicle soars down Franklin D. Roosevelt East River Drive and up the Henry Hudson Highway. Tang did happen to stop at several red lights.

The driver supposedly drove at an average speed of 70 mph and reached speeds of 100 mph at times on during his race around Manhattan, according to prosecutors.

On FDR East River Drive, the speed limit is 40 mph, according to NYCroads.com.

The six-minute video appears to be shot at night and ends when the car reaches the same spot where it started from.

Tang also posted the video, titled "Fastest Lap Around Manhattan," on Facebook, talked about it on Twitter and sent emails about the footage to public relations agencies and a news outlets, according to Reuters.

He was arrested on Sept. 5, 2013, soon after the clip was published, by NYC police, who identified Tang by using his computer's IP address.

Tang is set to be sentenced on Dec. 8.

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