GM Engineers Arrested for Racing C8 Corvettes in Kentucky

Driving the new ‘Vette is a blast, but it’s not worth jail time. image BY WESLEY WREN JAN 13, 2020

The 2020 Chevrolet Corvette is a feat of engineering, a blast to drive and a surprising bargain with a sub $60K starting price. For a pair of GM engineers, though, the C8 ‘Vette might have been too much fun. Apparently, Kentucky State Troopers charged two engineers with “racing a motor a vehicle on a public highway,” amid other charges. The two engineers, Alexander Thim and Mark Derkatz, were caught going 120 mph and 100 mph (respectively) in their C8 Corvettes. This would have been a problem on practically any interstate in Kentucky, but Automobile reports the two were traveling in a 45-mph zone. The cars were reportedly impounded, with the drivers heading to the Warren County Regional Jail. Both drivers have been released on a $1,000 bond, according to Bowling Green, Kentucky’s local ABC affiliate. The cars were released to their “owner,” which we can only assume was not pleased to pick up the cars. The two GM engineers have to return to court Feb. 18 for their pretrial conference. They’re facing charges of exceeding the speed limit by 26 mph or more, reckless driving and the aforementioned racing a motor vehicle on a public highway. We’d bet GM isn’t happy about its engineers’ antics. There was also a third engineer in another C8 Corvette on the scene who wasn’t participating in these shenanigans. We don’t know what’s going to happen to the engineers implicated in these crimes, but it probably won’t end well.