Wanted criminal sends police a selfie after being unhappy with mugshot

Sinead Butler
Thursday 06 May 2021 10:19
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[Left] Pugh in the original mugshot and [right] the photo Pugh sent to police.

(Facebook/Lima Police Department)

We can all agree that mugshots are probably not the most flattering photos ever – so one wanted criminal took matters into his own hands.

Donald ‘Chip’ Pugh was wanted by officers in Lima, Ohio, after failing to appear in court on a driving under the influence charge.

When discovering the Facebook post with his mugshot, Pugh boldly sent cops an alternative picture.

The selfie showed Pugh in a car wearing sunglasses, with the message: “Here is a better photo that one is terrible.”

Lima police responded to the cheeky message in another Facebook post which read: “This photo was sent to us by Mr Pugh himself.

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“We thank him for being helpful, but now we would appreciate it if he would come to speak to us at the [Lima Police Department] about his charges.”

Of course, people saw the funny side to the interaction and the post went viral.

In another bold move, Pugh, speaking to a local radio station, provided an explanation as to why he sent the police a photo of himself.

“Man, they just did me wrong,” he said. “They put a picture out that made me look like I was a Thundercat... or James Brown on the run. I can’t do that.”

However, his 15-minutes of internet fame came ended when he was arrested a few days later in Escambia County, Florida.

Following his arrest, Lima Police said in a statement: “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.

“He is being held for warrants out of Columbus, Georgia, which he was out of the pick up radius for in Ohio but not in Florida. Alas we will wait our turn.

“Thank you to Escambia County & to those who provided information and continue to support law and order.”

The incident took place in 2016, but the posts have recently resurfaced online.

Of course, when the time came again for Pugh to take another mugshot, he was wearing a winning smile – understandably not wanting to make the same mistake as last time.

That’s better.

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