Strong cologne leads officers to suspect after 100 mph chase
LEBANON, Ore. — A suspect who led police on a 100 mph chase and then attempted to hide was caught after officers picked up on the strong scent of his cologne, according to the Lebanon Police Department.
An officer attempted to stop a Honda Prelude for speeding and failing to obey a traffic control device at 4 a.m. Sunday.
Police said the car sped up and hit speeds in excess of 100 mph heading westbound on Highway 20 toward Albany.
During the chase, the hood of the suspect’s car was ripped off due to the speed.
Police lost sight of the car in the area of Spicer Drive and Red Bridge Road and the pursuit was called off. As officers headed back to Lebanon, they spotted the Prelude in a driveway.
Police contacted the people in the home who said they saw a man running across their yard away from the car.
Officers said due to the darkness and dense foliage, they didn’t immediately see the suspect. However, they did smell him.
Police said a strong scent of cologne was permeating the area.
A U.S. Department of Forestry ranger and a K-9 team arrived and the suspect was found within a few minutes, hunkered down in shrubbery on private property.
Charles Agosto, 35, was arrested on charges of attempting to elude a police officer, reckless driving and criminal trespassing. Police said he was on post-prison supervision for a dangerous drugs conviction.
Drex the K-9 alerted on Agosto’s car for possible drugs. The car was seized and will be searched after the service of a warrant, according to police.
“Agosto mentioned he regretted applying cologne on his person prior to leaving his house,” according to a Lebanon police report.