YouTube Videos Lead To 2 More Charged In Plainfield Street Racing

December 05, 2018 - 7:04 am

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Police charged two men this week with street racing in southwest suburban Plainfield, bringing total arrests from an investigation into online videos allegedly documenting the activities to four.

Romeoville man Joseph N. Lukas, 36, turned himself in Saturday, with Plainfield man Steven J. Fredenhagen, 41, following suit two days later, according to Plainfield police. The first man faces two charges of street racing; the latter faces four.

Both Lukas and Fredenhagen posted their $250 bails and were released from custody, police said. Arrest warrants were issued for three additional suspects who have yet to be brought in.

Two more men were arrested last month after police in August began perusing social media videos for evidence of drivers partaking in street racing within Plainfield city limits.

Plainfield resident Paul Powell, 35, was charged with 15 counts of street racing and one count of child endangerment, as police said some videos had children involved in their production. Another man, 47-year-old Darien resident Timothy Hagan, who is also a registered sex offender, faces one charge of street racing. Police said their bails were $40,000 and $5,000, respectively.

According to the Illinois Sex Offender Registry, Hagan was convicted ten years ago of aggravated criminal sex abuse of someone between 13 and 18 years old.

Plainfield police said the investigation remains ongoing and asked anyone with information to call (815) 267-7238.

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