Man wanted by police unhappy with 'Thundercat' mugshot, sends in a more flattering selfie

Ohio: Being tagged in an unflattering Facebook photo is a typical first world problem as this fugitive found out, much to his annoyance.

Donald A 'Chip' Pugh was so unimpressed with his "terrible" mugshot being circulated by US police on social media he decided to send them a selfie showing off his 'better side'.

The 45-year-old taunted Lima Police Department (LPD) in Ohio with the photo captioned: "Here is a better photo of me, that one is terrible."

The police department wrote on Facebook: "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."

Mr Pugh failed to appear in court and is also currently a person of interest in several other cases including arson and vandalism, police say.

The fugitive even took time out from being on-the-run to do an interview with Ohio radio station 104.9 The Eagle.


"Man, they just did me wrong," Pugh explained. "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."

There is an active warrant for the arrest of Donald A "Chip" Pugh, age 45 of Lima, for Failure to Appear. Mr. Pugh is...

Posted by Lima Police Department on  Wednesday, January 6, 2016

He said he "refused to take a mean mugshot" and decided to smile for the camera as he was about to be released from prison.

A "Free Chip Pugh" Facebook page featuring different memes and updates received hundreds of likes before the page was removed.

"It went viral in a way," Pugh added. "I started having fun with it. I became a hometown hero. I can't help but run with it. I did it for my idiot friends."

The LPD is still looking for the suspect: "If you know the whereabouts of Donald Pugh, please contact the Lima Police Department, the Allen County SO or the Shawnee Twp Police Department," it said in a statement.

The Telegraph, London