A US man suspected of arson and vandalism has sent a selfie to police because he objected to the photo on his arrest warrant.

Fugitive Donald "Chip" Pugh was so unimpressed with the photo police were circulating of him that he texted them with a new photo saying: "here is a better photo that one is terrible."

He also told Ohio radio station 104.9 The Eagle: "Man, they just did me wrong. They put a picture out that made me look like I was a Thundercat or James Brown on the run."

He said he refused to take a mean mugshot and decided to smile for the camera instead.

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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

The Limo Police Department (LPD) in Ohio added the new photo to their Facebook page.

"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," they wrote.

The LPD are still seeking Mr Pugh.

- nzherald.co.nz