GM employees arrested after racing new Corvettes in Bowling Green
Jan 14 2020
A General Motors employee from Windsor was caught on a joyride with a new Corvette in Kentucky, according to state police.
The drivers told police they had been at a pool hall earlier in the night, according to the arrest citation. The Kentucky State Trooper says three Corvettes turn on Scottsville Road onto Ken Bale Blvd and accelerate heavily.
One man is from West Bloomfield and the other is from Ontario.
Derkatz and Thim were charged with racing a motor vehicle on a public highway, reckless driving and speeding.
The arrest report states that a preliminary breath test on the drivers detected a smell of alcohol.
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.
Both men work 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.
Thim's profile shows he is a CAE (computer-aided engineering) engineer for GM.
A statement from General Motors to USA media outlet Automobile said: "We are aware of an incident involving our test vehicles and are now investigating".
The duo were lodged in the Warren County Regional Jail and released on a $1,000 bond.
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. "We have no further comment at this time".
The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray isn't even in production yet, but the high-performance sports auto is already on the wrong side of the law.
It is unknown at this time if the two engineers will remain employed with General Motors after this incident.