New York police seek driver of fastest lap around Manhattan
Police in New York are searching for a driver who completed a lap of Manhattan in a record 24 minutes and seven seconds, before posting a video of the journey to the internet.
Going by the pseudonym AfroDuckProductions, the mystery motorist achieved an average speed of 66 miles per hour – breaking the 45mph limit – while driving the 26.5-mile loop in night-time traffic.
He did, however, take care to stop for six red lights along the way, according to the “dashcam” video, a sped-up version of which was posted to YouTube, the video-sharing website, this week.
It showed the driver starting in Harlem, racing down to Lower Manhattan and then travelling back up the West Side Highway to the George Washington Bridge, before heading east to complete the loop.
The performance, said to have been completed in a 2006 BMW Z4, broke a previous best for the island loop of 26 minutes and 3 seconds, which was set by a group known as CBC in 2010. However the driver said he could do - and had done - better.
“This wasn't the first time I broke the record,” he told Jalopnik, a motoring website. “I can do it consistently under 24 minutes and most likely beat my own record again.”
He rejected claims that his race put other New Yorkers in danger. “Being a good driver, you're more aware of what is around you,” he said.
Ray Kelly, New York City's police commissioner, was unimpressed and said officers would find the driver responsible using road cameras and take action against him.
“We've seen this before. We've taken enforcement action,” said Mr Kelly. “We now have licence plate readers that will help in this investigation.”