In a world seemingly run by mobile phones, cameras, and Instagram filters, it’s only natural that someone would want to choose the very best photo to represent themself.
But, is wanting to swap a selfie for a mugshot taking it too far?
Donald “Chip” Pugh (pictured above), a 45-year-old Ohio resident, is on the run from the Lima Police Department. Pugh is wanted for failure to appear in court and several other crimes including arson and vandalism, according to the Lima Police’s Facebook post.
On January 6, 2016, the department posted pictures of Pugh in an effort to encourage anyone who knew of his whereabouts to turn him in. Pugh, however, unimpressed with the photos used of him on the social site. He sent the police a selfie the same day to replace the photos they posted.
“Man, they just did me wrong,” Pugh said in a radio interview.
“They put a picture that made me look like I was a Thundercat or something.”
According to Your News Now, Lieutenant Andy Green claims to have spoken with Pugh and asked him to turn himself in, but Pugh claimed to be out of state.
“He’s drawing more attention to himself, which is going to make it easier for us to locate him. Because the more attention that this post garners, the more people are going to see it, the more tips are going to come in about this guy,” believes Green. “So our hope at this point is that he will come to his senses and turn himself in and stop making this worse for himself.”
While the police department attempts to find Pugh, social media is quickly making Pugh’s photo and story a viral phenomenon. Someone even made a “Free ‘Chip’ Hugh” fan page that has since been removed.
Pugh told a local radio station he was excited that his photo went viral. He believes he has become a “hometown hero.”
As of January 12th, Donald “Chip” Pugh remains on the run.
There has been a pretty large media buzz surrounding Wanted person Donald Pugh. regardless of his “Fame”, he is still wanted. #turnhimin
— Lima Police (@LimaPolice) January 12, 2016