Man who sent selfie to Lima police arrested in Florida

By Lance Mihm - [email protected]

Donald “Chip” Pugh

Donald “Chip” Pugh

Photo courtesy of Escambia County Sheriff’s Office

LIMA — Apparently, the gingerbread man can be caught.

Donald A. “Chip” Pugh, 45, saw his moment in the spotlight end Tuesday morning, when authorities tracked him outside the Century Branch Library in Century, Florida.

Pugh was arrested on a warrant for his arrest from Columbus, Georgia. He was being held in the Escambia County Jail in Pensacola, Florida.

Pugh gained notoriety last week when the Lima Police Department released a mugshot of him, saying they were looking for him after he skipped a court appearance.

Pugh responded by sending a picture of his own which included the message, “Here is a better photo that one is horrible.”

The Lima Police Department shared the new photo on Facebook, saying, “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.”

Pugh’s failure to appear was on a drunken-driving charge. Pugh’s arrest in Florida was based on charges out of Columbus, Georgia.

Pugh referred to the gingerbread man fairy tale as he eluded police, saying the character was his her: “Run, run, fast as you can. You can’t catch me, I’m the gingerbread man.”

Pugh said he simply “just chose not to go” to his scheduled court appearance in Lima on Dec. 28.

Officials at Muscogee County Municipal Court in Georgia said information could not be released over the phone, and had not immediately responded to an emailed request before press time concerning Pugh’s charges in Georgia. The person in charge of public records with the Columbus, Georgia, Police Department had already left for the day and could not be reached.

Pugh’s story had gained both national and international interest.

Donald “Chip” Pugh “Chip” Pugh Photo courtesy of Escambia County Sheriff’s Office

By Lance Mihm

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