'I could smell him before I could see him'

'I could smell him before I could see him'

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. -- An Oakland man was arrested Monday after leading police on a car chase.

Around 2:00 p.m., Sutherlin police attempted to stop a car for a minor traffic violation. Instead of pulling over, the driver sped off, reaching speeds over 100 miles an hour.

Officers followed the car into Oakland, where the driver ditched the vehicle and ran on foot. Police later found the vehicle to be stolen.

Sergeant Joseph Felix of the Sutherlin Police Department says officers were looking for the suspect when he noticed the skirting on a mobile home unit was displaced.

Felix told KPIC News that, "I could smell him before I could see him." Felix remarks that the smell of alcohol was very strong, and he eventually located the man underneath the mobile home.

Police took Thomas Ivan Grimes, 31, into custody.

He's currently being held at the Douglas County Jail on charges of attempting to elude police, unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and recklessly endangering among others.

He is not bail eligible.

This isn't the first time Grimes has been in trouble with the law. He was arrested in 2009 after he led Oregon State Police on a pursuit and tried to hide in Lookingglass Creek to avoid arrest.