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Two more men arrested in Plainfield street racing investigation

Steven J. Fredenhagen (left) and Joseph N. Lukas
Steven J. Fredenhagen (left) and Joseph N. Lukas

Two more men have been arrested in a widening criminal investigation into street racing in Plainfield, police said.

Joseph N. Lukas, 36, of Romeoville and Steven J. Fredenhagen, 41, of Plainfield surrendered to Plainfield police and were charged with street racing.

Lukas and Fredenhagen are the latest suspects in an investigation by Plainfield police and the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office into alleged criminal activity related to “dangerous operation of motor vehicles” discovered on social media, according to a Plainfield police news release.

Arrest warrants have been issued for three more people, police said.

Paul R. Powell, 35, of Plainfield and Timothy J. Hagan, 47, of Darien previously were arrested and charged with street racing.

Will County State’s Attorney spokesman Carole Cheney said the court records for Powell and Hagan have been kept under seal pending an investigation. She declined to comment further on the investigation.

Powell’s bond for release from jail was set at $400,000, but it was lowered to $150,000 after a court hearing Tuesday.

Powell runs a popular YouTube channel called FamilyCruisin that featured him driving a Dodge Challenger Hellcat until it caught fire. The channel had 64,268 subscribers as of Tuesday.

In a July 12, 2017, video where Powell is driving the Hellcat car for Uber, he allows a customer to drive his car.

Powell’s attorney, Joseph Serpico, failed to return a call Tuesday.

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