Man caught after he sends cops a selfie to replace mug shot

 Saying his mug shot was terrible, Pugh sent a selfie of himself in a car and wearing sunglasses.
Saying his mug shot was terrible, Pugh sent a selfie of himself in a car and wearing sunglasses.PHOTO: REUTERS

CLEVELAND (Ohio) • An Ohio man wanted for drunk driving who sent police a more flattering photo of himself because he did not like his mug shot has been arrested in Florida, the police said.

Donald Pugh, 45, had posted a photo of himself wearing sunglasses in a car after he saw the two mug shots that the Lima, Ohio, police department had posted on its Facebook page. "Here is a better photo, that one is terrible," he wrote when he sent in the selfie.

"How's this photo Donald Pugh?" asked the Escambia County, Florida, Sheriff's Office on its Facebook page, showing the suspect's new, broadly smiling mug shot.

Pugh was arrested in Century, Florida, on Tuesday thanks to a tip, the Sheriff's Office said.

He is being held for warrants out of Columbus, Georgia, according to the Lima police.

"Maybe that selfie helped people identify you better?" added the Escambia County Sheriff's Office on Facebook.

The Lima police, on their Facebook page, thanked "the power of social media" and tips called in to the authorities for the arrest, as well as Escambia County.

Lima police last week posted Pugh's mug shots after an arrest warrant was issued following his failure to appear in court on a misdemeanor drunk driving charge.

Pugh is a person of interest in several other cases, including arson and vandalism. It is not known if he has a lawyer.

REUTERS

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 15, 2016, with the headline 'Man caught after he sends cops a selfie to replace mug shot'. Print Edition | Subscribe