GM engineers accused of street racing Corvettes in Kentucky

GM engineers accused of street racing Corvettes in Kentucky

GM engineers accused of street racing Corvettes in Kentucky

According to a police report, Alexander Thim of West Bloomfield and Mark Derkatz from Ontario were arrested.

According to WBKO news - a television station in Bowling Green, Kentucky - Derkatz was in a white Corvette that reached a speed of 100 miles per hour (160 km/h) while Thim was in a red Corvette that reached 120 miles per hour (193 km/h). In Kentucky, exceeding the speed limit by 26 miles per hour is enough to trigger a court hearing and possible driving suspension.

A third person driving another Corvette was also involved in the late evening joyride, but did not exceed the speed limit and was therefore not arrested.

The cars were stopped about 11:20 p.m. Wednesday by KSP at Lovers Lane and Olde Towne Boulevard.

The arrest citation says the drivers told police they had been at a pool hall earlier in the night. Police said a breath test detected the odor of alcohol but the drivers weren't cited for driving under the influence, news outlets reported.

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.

"We are aware of an incident involving our test vehicles and are now investigating", GM said in a statement.

Thim is reportedly a design engineer who works on the cars' induction and exhaust systems, while Derkatz is the co-chair of an electrical issue resolution team.

They're scheduled for a court hearing in February.

The accused - Alexander Thim and Mark Derkatz - were racing two company-owned mid-engine Corvettes on Lovers Lane in Bowling Green.

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

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