Whew! Suspect’s ‘strong’ cologne leads cops to his hiding place

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Police said the strong scent of Charles Agosto's cologne helped them find and arrest him following a 100 mph chase. (Linn Co. Jail booking photo via KPTV/Portland)

LEBANON, Ore. — A suspect who led police on a 100 mph chase and then attempted to hide was caught after officers picked up the strong scent of his cologne, KPTV in Portland reported Monday.

An officer attempted to stop a Honda Prelude for speeding and failing to obey a traffic control device at 4 a.m. Sunday, the Lebanon Police Department said.

Police said the car sped up and hit speeds in excess of 100 mph heading westbound on Highway 20 toward Albany, Ore. Police lost the car, but 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 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.

According to KPTV, the Lebanon police report said, “Agosto mentioned he regretted applying cologne on his person prior to leaving his house.”

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