GM employees arrested after racing new Corvettes in Bowling Green

Darnell Taylor
January 14, 2020

A Windsor man has been arrested and charged in Kentucky, accused of racing a new 2020 Corvette Stingray.

The drivers told police they had been at a pool hall earlier in the night, according to the arrest citation.

Thim was driving a red Corvette that reached a speed of 120 miles per hour, according to the citation.

Mark Derkatz (left) of Windsor and Alexander Thim (right) of West Bloomfield, Mich., in booking photos via Kentucky State Police.

Police reports described the two as having had the smell of alcohol on their breath.

It said Bowling Green Assembly is the only location that builds the model of auto its employees had taken for a joyride.

Alexander Thim, 27, and Mark Derkatz, 30, were stopped by police while racing the luxury cars down a Kentucky road.

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According to their LinkedIn profiles, Thim is a CAE (Computer-Aided Engineering) engineer working on induction and exhaust systems, and Derkatz is an electrical engineer - both employees for General Motors.

Thim and Derkatz were arraigned Thursday in Warren District Court and are scheduled to return to court February 18 for a pretrial conference.

The company says in a statement that it is aware of the incident involving its "test vehicles", and is investigating.

They have both been released from the Warren County Regional Jail on a $1,000 bond. "We have no further comment at this time", GM said.

The 2020 Mid-Engine Corvette.

According to Automobile magazine, the cars the suspects were driving were the new 2020 Chevrolet C8 Corvette Stingray, a vehicle which they describe as needing a "racetrack to exploit its full potential". Whether or not the two engineers remain employed at General Motors remains to be seen.

Automotive journalists voted it the North American Car of the Year on Monday.

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