YouTuber Whose Dodge Hellcat Was Burned Down Charged With Street Racing

Five men have been arrested on street racing charges, including a YouTuber named Paul Powell.

The Chicago Tribune reports that a video posted online by Powell, through the YouTube channel FamilyCruisin, triggered a four-month investigation by police into street racing. Authorities discovered at least a dozen videos showing Powell driving recklessly on streets throughout Plainfield, Illinois.

Powell was arrested last Friday alongside 47-year-old Timothy Hagan. On Saturday, 36-year-old Joseph Lukas turned himself in and on Monday, 41-year-old Steven Fredenhagen did the same. Police arrested a fifth man yesterday, 26-year-old Ian Whelton. All five have been charged with various counts of street racing.

More specifically, Powell, 35, has been charged with 15 misdemeanour counts of street racing and one count of child endangerment. Police say that Powell used minors to shoot video of him street racing.

Police initially caught on to Powell’s antics after a video of his purple Dodge Challenger SRT Hellcat engulfed in flames surfaced online in early August. Shortly after the fire, Powell asserted on his YouTube channel that the vehicle’s 6.2-liter supercharged V8 engine encountered a number of issues, including surging and stumbling.

Court records reveal that Powell has received at least 13 speeding tickets and one street racing ticket since 1999. A GoFundMe page established by his parents to help with legal fees claims that he “has never even been arrested, does not drink, smoke or do drugs.”

Powell’s father, Paul S. Powell, says that his son never put anyone’s health at risk while filming his videos.

“It would be a stretch to say that he’s a menace to the highways. It’s not like he was doing 100 mph on Route 59.

“He didn’t speed in subdivisions, side roads or in populated areas. He just didn’t,” Powell said.

  • Jason Miller

    Surprised the youngest is 26.

    • Loquacious Borborygmus

      Oooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo body shaming!

  • Ben

    While you’re at it, Brad, another YouTuber named Tall Guy Car Reviews also got arrested a few days after this news broke. The channel’s owner is named Corey and he was one of the larger YouTube channels that came to the defense of Family Cruisin’ situation. In fact, he passed along a fact from Paul’s father stating that Paul had put his wife through college before himself.

    Corey was arrested for something different and his channel shows the police stop and he talks about his plans to legally fight back. Its interesting, but just a random luck they both own Dodge Challenger Hellcats.

  • Christian


  • Mr. EP9

    Serves them right.

  • kachuks

    Your dad has to set up the GoFundMe for your 35 year old ass?

    On a side note. With one exception, those cars were carrying a little too much ballast on the drivers side.

  • The Psychic

    I knew this was going to happen. Bro. Learn to cover your tracks. Smh amateur.

  • S3XY

    The 4 guys in the those mugshots all look like child predators

  • The Psychic

    Is it me or does it look like they arrested 3 dudes and a thumb?

  • Callanish

    He could afford to buy and run a $60000 Challenger Hellcat and do stupid shit in it on the street, but now the family needs a GoFundMe page to help with legal fees. GTF out of here.

  • NewWave80’sChick

    We can only hope that his insurance company won’t pay off. Street racing usually disqualifies you from coverage.

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