The General Motors Employees Are Arrested for Street Racing

Two engineers working on the 2020 Corvette were arrested for a traffic violation.

WNKY reports that the incident occurred on January 8, 2020. Two General Motors employees were detained after racing new Corvette C8 sports cars in Bowling Green, Kentucky, where the company’s manufacturing plant is located.

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According to the Kentucky State Police, 27-year-old Alexander Thim, who worked as part of General Motors’ chassis/powertrain resolution team for the 2020 Corvette, 30-year-old Mark Derkatz, who was the co-chair of the Corvette’s electrical issue resolution team, and their third unnamed colleague drove to the bar in three sports cars. After spending some time there, Thim in a red Corvette and Derkatz in a white one started street racing around midnight. The third man who was behind the wheel of a blue sports car did not take part in the illegal race.

The two GM employees accelerated to 120 mph (Thim) and 100 mph (Derkatz) in the 45 mph speed limit zone. Moreover, when the police arrested the violators, the street racers were drunk.

The charges against the engineers include dangerous driving and speeding 26 mph or more over the speed limit but not drunk driving. This could potentially lead to revocation of driver's license. The two men were released from custody on $1000 bail. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for February 18.

General Motors stated the following:

We are aware of an incident involving our test vehicles and are currently investigating. Safety remains our overriding priority at General Motors. We have no further comment at this time.

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