GM engineers accused of street racing Corvettes in Kentucky

GM engineers accused of street racing Corvettes in Kentucky

27-year-old Alexander Thim, of West Bloomfield, Michigan, and 30-year-old Mark Derkatz, of Windsor, Ontario were stopped by Kentucky State Police. Derkatz, traveling in a white Corvette, achieved a speed of 100 mph in the 45 mph zone, while Thim, traveling in a red Corvette, achieved a top speed of 120 mph in the 45 mph zone, according to the citations.

A third Corvette was present but not involved in the infraction, police said.

The cars were stopped at around 11:20 p.m. on Lovers Lane and Olde Towne Boulevard. The Kentucky State Trooper says three Corvettes turn on Scottsville Road onto Ken Bale Blvd and accelerate heavily. Police say a breath test detected the odour of alcohol but news outlets report the drivers weren't cited for driving under the influence.

The pair of Corvettes were summarily towed away and impounded in a tow lot before being picked up the following day by the "cars owner" - presumably a General Motors fleet manager. The company replied that it is "aware of an incident involving our test vehicles" and is now investigating. "We have no further comment at this time", General Motors said in a statement.

Automobile claims one driver is a CAE engineer specializing in induction and exhaust setups, and the other an electrical engineer.

Thim and Derkatz appeared for an arraignment hearing on January 12, where they posted $1,000 bail.

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

In addition to Bowling Green, Kentucky, being the manufacturing home for the Corvette since 1981, it is also the location of the national Corvette museum.

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