General Motors Employees Arrested for Allegedly Racing Each Other in New 2020 Corvettes Through Kentucky Road

Two General Motors employees have been arrested on suspicion of speeding while racing each other in new 2020 Corvette test vehicles.

Alexander Thim, 27, of West Bloomfield, and Mark Derkatz, 30, of Windsor, Ontario, were arrested by Kentucky State Police on suspicion of racing a motor vehicle on a public highway, reckless driving and speeding 26 miles per hour over the speed limit or greater while careering through Lovers Lane in Bowling Green on Wednesday, January 8.

According to an arrest report, seen by WBKO, Thim was allegedly driving a red Corvette at speeds of up to 120 miles per hour in the left lane of the road, while Derkatz was driving a white Corvette up to 100 miles per hour in the other.

The speed limit on the stretch of road on Lovers lane is 45 miles per hour.

A third male who was also driving a Corvette at the time was not taking part in the race and was not arrested for speeding, police said.

The cars were stopped at around 11:20 p.m. on Lovers Lane and Olde Towne Boulevard.

The three men told a state trooper they worked at General Motors and had just been at Cue Time Cocktails and Billiards in Bowling Green earlier that night.

The arrest report states that a preliminary breath test on the drivers detected a smell of alcohol. However, none of the drivers were cited for driving under the influence, according to court records seen by the Louisville Courier-Journal.

According to Automobile magazine, the cars the suspects were driving were the new 2020 Chevrolet C8 Corvette Stingray, a car which they describe as needing a "racetrack to exploit its full potential."

"We are aware of an incident involving our test vehicles and are currently investigating," General Motors said in a statement to Automobile. "Safety remains our overriding priority at General Motors. We have no further comment at this time."

According to the pair's LinkedIn profiles, Thim works as a CAE engineer for General Motors, specializing on induction and exhaust, while Derkatz is co-chair for General Motors' Electrical Issue Resolution Team.

Thim and Derkatz appeared for an arraignment hearing on January 12, where they posted $1,000 bail. The pair are due to appear at Warren District Court for a pretrial hearing on February 18.

The Ontario residents are temporarily living in Bowling Green, where General Motors has an assembly plant that produces the that Chevrolet Corvette the two suspects are alleged to have raced.

Kentucky State Police and General Motors have been contacted for further comment.

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The new mid-engine 2020 Corvette Stingray is seen at the Next Generation Corvette Reveal event in Irvine, California on July 18, 2019. Two General Motors employees were arrested for allegedly racing new Corvettes on public roads. DAVID MCNEW/AFP/Getty
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