Fugitive who sent selfie to police to replace mugshot arrested in Florida

Donald Pugh taken into custody in Escambia County Tuesday


ESCAMBIA COUNTY, Fla. – A fugitive who made headlines for sending Ohio police a new photo because he didn't like his mugshot was arrested in Florida.

Donald 'Chip' Pugh was arrested Tuesday morning in the parking lot of an Escambia County library. Authorities credit social media for the tip that led to his arrest.

"He actually made our jobs easier," said Amber Southard, a spokesperson for the Escambia County Sheriff's Office. "He put more photos of himself out there maybe at a better angle to where people were able to make a tip and identify him so we can make that arrest."

Pugh was wanted by police in Lima, Ohio for failing to appear in court to face charges of operating a vehicle while intoxicated and domestic violence. As departments shared his mugshot, authorities say Pugh would respond with a selfie and captions telling police he believed it was a better photo. 

"For the past few weeks, Mr. Pugh has been on social media kind of taunting law enforcement," said Southard. "He's also called into radio stations in Ohio, teasing them that he's still on the run."

The Escambia County Sheriff's Office announced his arrest on Facebook using the hashtag "thanks for the selfie."

Pugh will be held in the Escambia County Jail until he can be extradited to Georgia where he is facing charges of embezzlement and battery. 

"We got a new mugshot picture of him," said Southard. "We hope he likes it."