Fugitive Who Was Displeased With Mug Shot And Sent Selfie To Police Gets Arrested

Alexa Santry Contributor
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An Ohio man who was so dissatisfied with his mug shot that he texted local police a better picture of himself has been arrested.

Donald “Chip” Pugh was a person of interest in arson and vandalism cases and was wanted for failing to appear in court.

“Thanks to the power of social media & tips called into authorities, we have learned that Donald Chip Pugh has been arrested by the Escambia County Sheriffs Office in Florida,” the Lima Police Department announced on its Facebook page Tuesday.

Upon seeing the Lima Police’s posted photos advertising his warrant for arrest, Pugh declared in a radio interview, “Man, they just did me wrong. They put a picture that made me look like I was a Thundercat or something.”

In an attempt to remedy this apparent catastrophe, Pugh sent a sunglasses clad selfie to the authorities with a text reading, “Here is a better photo that one is terrible.”

The Lima Police Department posted his photo on its Facebook page: “We thank him for being helpful, but now we would appreciate it if he would come speak to us at the LPD about his charges.”

Pugh’s stunt, as broadcasted on Facebook and Twitter, earned him some fame and even a few fans; the Lima Police Department post has 2,593 likes and 3,886 shares.

In the same radio interview, Pugh stated he would be channeling a “hero” from his childhood and quoted the gingerbread man, “Run, run, fast as you can. You can’t catch me, I’m the gingerbread man.”