It's coming - speed, and your car will be seized


The NYPD is looking to treat a speed demon who raced around Manhattan in a souped-up BMW in 26 minutes the way it does drug dealers.

Cops want to seize the 2006 BMW Z4 roadster that Adam Tang used to complete a record-fast predawn lap around the borough this past August.

The NYPD filed a lawsuit against the 30-year-old day trader on Monday asking the court to force him to surrender the sports car because it was used to “further the commission of a crime.

Casey W. Raskob, a veteran Traffic Court attorney, called the forfeiture motion “very rare” for a motorist not tangled up in drug dealing or driving under the influence.

Tang, who posted a video of the stunt on YouTube, was charged in September with reckless driving and endangerment.

At the time, police impounded the $50,000 ride.

Raskob said the reckless-endangerment charge allows police to make their case for the vehicle’s surrender.

“I think they’re doing it to make an example out of him, because the last thing they want people doing is blowing around the ring road of Manhattan trying to beat that time,” Raskob said.

The Canadian-born leadfoot said he pulled the 4 a.m. stunt on a whim, according to court papers.

“I was out for a drive, and I wanted to see how quickly I could drive around Manhattan,” Tang explained.

“I took the entire ride of 24 miles in 26 minutes. I was exceeding the speed limit, although I did not hit 100 mph,” he bragged.

“I did go through one red light, although it was not at an intersection, it was only at a pedestrian walk.”

The court papers say Tang reached 60 mph in the blue BMW.

The YouTube video “depicts the subject vehicle driving up on slower moving cars, driving within a couple feet of the rear bumper of these cars, driving through a steady red light, and crossing over a double solid white line in the Battery Park Underpass,” the suit says.

Tang encircled the island by starting south on FDR Drive, heading north up the West Side Highway and going east on the Cross-Bronx Expressway to Harlem River Drive, according to the legal documents.

The East Harlem resident is due back in Criminal Court in December.

Tang’s lawyer, Greg Gomez, insisted that the suit is a “normal everyday procedure that the Police Department takes.”

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pfsjkd site profile image  

11/11/13 3:08 PM by pfsjkd

This bears repeating.

Altofsky site profile image  

11/11/13 11:35 AM by Altofsky

I wasnt responding to anything other than this case. It is the topic of discussion.Ais argument got derailed so he decided to go off on a tangent about other items as he so frequently does when he hasnt a leg to stand on. I've learned not to bite on that type of bullshit.

Chris Leben is a Zombie site profile image  

11/11/13 11:22 AM by Chris Leben is a Zombie

You'reAnd great, just more shit the gov gets to control us on. We will end up like V for Vendetta

the chief site profile image  

11/11/13 11:22 AM by the chief

And yet again....point missed.I can find several instances where AI is deviating from the case at hand and referring to the bigger picture, so why do you keep misunderstanding that position?

Altofsky site profile image  

11/11/13 11:13 AM by Altofsky

I get his point. Its simply wrong.There is no question of the mans guilt here. He did it. He recorded it. He admitted it. This completely and totally negates ais point about seizure before conviction.

angryinch site profile image  

11/11/13 10:54 AM by angryinch

Bingo.  Someone gets it. Of course, altofsky never will.  

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11/11/13 10:43 AM by the chief

  No, but I understand the big picture and patterns of abuse that AI is attempting to illustrate here. Some people might incorrectly conclude that he's stretching the point, but I think he's connecting the dots. If people can now be ass-probed on orders from police agents for rolling a stop-sign outside a Walmart, then '10MPH over' car-seizures don't seem all that shocking.   angryinch - "This is just the first step.  The way shit is going in this country, eventually they will seize cars for pretty much anything. Do you realize that if you are moving cross country and have your life savings with you in cash, they can seize the money and in order to get it back, you have to prove that it was not related to drugs, and often the legal expenses required to get it back will be higher than the amount of money they stole from you in the first place? Civil asset forfeiture laws in this country are completely fucked.  They can seize your shit without having to prove that there was any criminal activity involved.  All they have to do is accuse you and suddenly the burden of proof shifts to you and you have to prove you are innocent in order to get your stuff back.    It's fucked."

sewich site profile image  

11/11/13 10:39 AM by sewich

Commit a felony with a possession and get it confiscated? What's the issue? If someone murders someone with his gun , does his time, shouldw just hand it back to him when he's released? Someone launders money for criminals through their private business should they get to keep that business? Let's not pretend this guy got his car confiscated for doing 10 miles over on a interstate.

the chief site profile image  

11/11/13 10:28 AM by the chief

What the hell is wrong with YOU? Every new post I read of yours here indicates you're completely missing AI's point about the overall nature of seizures conducted by the state.

Altofsky site profile image  

11/11/13 10:05 AM by Altofsky

Hey, I just fired off shots in a crowded theater... but ai is gonna let me keep my gun! The hell is wrong with you?