Two General Motors engineers were arrested and accused of racing corvettes on the streets of Kentucky. Derkatz, in a white Corvette, reportedly hit 100 miles per hour (161 km/h) while Thim, in a red Corvette achieved a top speed of 120 miles per hour (193 km/h).
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.
Mark Derkatz (left) of Windsor and Alexander Thim (right) of West Bloomfield, Mich., in booking photos via Kentucky State Police.
Originally reported by Automobile, two General Motors employees were taken into custody on the evening of Wednesday, January 8 for "exceeding the posted 45-mph speed limit by more than 26 miles per hour, reckless driving and racing motor vehicles on a public road". Police said Thim reached speeds up to 120 miles per hour (193 km/h), news outlets reported.
The two C8s were towed away and impounded, but it's believed that GM picked up the offending cars the next day by representatives from the company.
Derkatz's LinkedIn profile shows that he is an electrical engineer who graduated from the University of Windsor, and is a member of GM's Corvette Electrical Launch Team.
Alexander Thim, 27, and Mark Derkatz, 30, were stopped by police while racing the luxury cars down a Kentucky road.
Both men work for General Motors.
The 2020 Mid-Engine Corvette.
The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray isn't even in production yet, but the high-performance sports vehicle is already on the wrong side of the law. "We have no further comment at this time", General Motors said in a statement.
On Monday, the 2020 Corvette won the North American Car of the Year Award in Detroit.