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Two General Motors employees arrested for racing Corvettes

Two Chevrolet Corvette C8 engineering test cars impounded, drivers arrested for street racing Two General Motors employees arrested for racing Corvettes
Ginger Lawrence | 14 January, 2020, 00:28

Two General Motors engineers learned that lesson the hard way last week, when they were arrested for racing in Bowling Green, Kentucky - not far from the factory that builds the legendary sports cars. Police said Thim reached speeds up to 120 miles per hour (193 kph), news outlets reported.

The arrest citation says the drivers told police they had been at a pool hall earlier in the night.

One man is from West Bloomfield and the other is from Ontario.

The two are now facing charges of speeding, reckless driving, and racing a motor vehicle on public roads. Police said Thim reached speeds up to 120 miles per hour (193 km/h), news outlets reported.

GM has an assembly plant in Bowling Green.

According to their LinkedIn profiles, Thim is a CAE (Computer-Aided Engineering) engineer working on induction and exhaust systems, and Derkatz is an electrical engineer - both employees for General Motors.

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The men who were arrested were arraigned on Thursday in Warren District Court and are due to reappear in court on February 18 for a pretrial conference.

The company says in a statement that it is aware of the incident involving its "test vehicles", and is investigating.

The 2020 Mid-Engine Corvette.

Supercars are tested to extremes before they make it to showrooms, but this probably isn't what General Motors had in mind when two engineers took a pair of yet-to-be-released Corvette C8s for a late night blast through the middle of the week. described the new Corvette Stingray as "stunning" - a "supercar" whose base performance specs rival those of lower-end McLarens and Lamborghinis. "We have no further comment at this time".

On Monday, the 2020 Corvette won the North American Car of the Year Award in Detroit.