Ohio fugitive sends cops a selfie
LIMA –– Donald “Chip” Pugh didn’t like the mugshot the cops posted of him online.
So he sent them a better one –– a selfie with a note that read: “Here is a better photo; that one is terrible.”
The 45-year-old Pugh is wanted by police in the north-western Ohio city of Lima because he is accused of failing to appear in court on a DUI charge.
Police say he is also a person of interest in other cases involving vandalism and an arson.
With no luck getting him, the Lima police posted his mugshot on Facebook. They had his picture on file because he wasn’t a stranger to them.
Local newspaper the Lima News reported that Pugh’s previous run-ins with the police included charges of disorderly conduct, breaking and entering, and domestic violence.
The police department posted Pugh’s selfie on its Facebook alongside his previous booking photos, according to CNN affiliate WJW, noting first the active arrest warrant for him.
“This photo was sent to us by Mr Pugh himself. 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.”
Since its posting on January 6, the photo has received over 2,000 likes, 1,500 shares and over 400 comments. One could say that the man on the run has gained a following.
In his original mugshot from his November arrest, Pugh is smiling. He told a local radio show, Two Tons Of Fun, that he “refused to take a mean mugshot”.
“When I got arrested, I had never been arrested on a misdemeanour,” he told hosts Phil Austin and Ryan Staley. “So, I went in there and I was happy. I was smiling when the detective, when the officers booked me in. They were like, ‘Why are you smiling?’ I’m like, ‘Cause I’m gonna walk out of jail in a minute. I’m so happy’.
“I had to go to court on December 28, and I just chose not to go,” Pugh said. “When I turn myself in, I’m only doing three days. It’s a three-day penalty.”
Pugh explained to the hosts that the officer who contacted him didn’t respect what he said, and he was arrogant with him.
“Therefore, I couldn’t help but to get arrogant,” said Pugh.
There’s been no update on Pugh’s whereabouts.