According to Kentucky State Police, Mark Derkatz & Alexander Thim were clocked Wednesday night going 120 mph and 100 mph, respectively, in a 45-mph zone on Lovers Lane in Bowling Green, in two brand new 2020 C8 Corvettes!
Thim a computer aided engineer and Merkatz an electrical engineer were spotted racing each other in their Company owned C8 Sports Cars.
The pair had just left Cue Time Cocktails and Billiards, a billiards and pool hall, before being stopped at Lovers Lane and Olde Towne Boulevard at 11:20 p.m., according to WBKO-TV 13. A third Corvette driver was also involved but did not exceed the speed limit and was not arrested.
Police enlisted two towing companies to remove them from the scene and deposit them at a tow lot, where a police representative said the vehicles were collected the next day “by the owner,” presumably representatives of General Motors.
General Motors issued a statement to the media about the situation saying: “We are aware of an incident involving our test vehicles and are currently investigating. Safety remains our overriding priority at General Motors. We have no further comment at this time.” The two GM employees were taken to the Warren County Regional Jail and then released on $1000 bond.
GM builds the Corvette in Bowling Green, and that is also where the National Corvette Museum is located. GM is expected to start production of the first of the mid-engine C8 Corvettes in February.