Ore. cops nab suspect by following cologne scent

Driver gave officers the slip in a high-speed pursuit before abandoning his car and fleeing on foot


Associated Press

LEBANON, Ore. — Officers in western Oregon say a suspect they tried to collar at a traffic stop drove too fast for pursuing officers, but eventually he was just too fragrant.

The Albany Democrat-Herald reports that the driver gave officers in Linn County the slip in a high-speed chase before dawn Sunday, doing better than 100 mph in a red Honda Prelude whose hood flew off.

Charles V. Agosto. (Linn County Sheriff's Department Image)
Charles V. Agosto. (Linn County Sheriff's Department Image)

But Lebanon police later saw the car parked and launched a search by foot.

That's when officers caught a "strong scent of cologne" in the darkness and soon found their suspect hiding in shrubbery.

Thirty-five-year-old Charles V. Agosto was jailed on charges including probation violation and trying to elude officers. Officers said he told them he regretted using the cologne.

There was no immediate indication he had a lawyer.

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