Criminal Justice

Driver who posted YouTube video of 24-minute drive around 26-mile NYC loop nixes plea offer

A Canadian man who authorities say admittedly posted a YouTube video documenting a 24-minute drive around a 26-mile loop around Manhattan last year has refused a plea offer that would have required him to accept a 60-day jail term in a misdemeanor reckless driving case.

Christopher Adam Tang, 32, also would have had to perform 15 days of community service under the rejected plea deal, the New York Daily News reports.

His lawyer, Greg Gomez, says Tang, a first-time offender who is married to a U.S. citizen, should not be required to serve any time in the case. “It’s unusual for a misdemeanor reckless driving charge,” he told reporters. He said a jury will find that Tang’s conduct was not reckless.

A Manhattan Supreme Court judge refused to return Tang’s driver’s license or passport to him, saying that the case, if proven, involved extremely dangerous conduct.

Although Tang recently got his 2006 BMW Z4 back from the city’s police department, the department is now trying to seize it in a civil court proceeding.

See also: “Driver posts YouTube video of 24-minute drive around 26-mile Manhattan loop, resulting in arrest”

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