GM Employees Arrested After a Test Drive Goes Wrong

Two General Motors employees are in hot water today after their own form of a test drive turned into a double arrest. After taking two of the newest 2020 Chevrolet C8 Corvette Stingrays from the company’s Bowling Green Corvette Assembly plant out for a joyride on the night of Jan. 8, both Alexander Thim and Mark Derkatz are sure to lose more than just their jobs.

According to Kentucky State Troopers, both 27-year-old Thim and 30-year-old Derkatz were racing on an open street on Lovers Lane in Bowling Green when they were clocked going 100 and 120 MPH in a 45 MPH zone. After leaving a local pool hall, the two drivers headed to Lovers Lane and Olde Towne Boulevard with another Corvette driver in tow to proceed with their illegal street race.

After being arrested for exceeding the posted 45-mph speed limit by more than 26 MPH, along with reckless driving and racing motor vehicles on a public road, the former design engineer and former co-chair of the electrical issue resolution team also lost access to the red Corvettes and white Stingrays they were driving.

When asked for comment, a representative from GM responded only with, “We are aware of an incident involving our test vehicles and are currently investigating. Safety remains our overriding priority at General Motors and we have no further comment at this time.”

Both drivers have been released on $1,000 bail and are scheduled for a pretrial hearing at Warren District Court on February 18. Stay tuned to as this story continues to develop.

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2 Comments on GM Employees Arrested After a Test Drive Goes Wrong

  1. Stupid is as stupid does. There’s a time and place for everything — the street is not the place to race, unless it’s closed for the LEGAL event.

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