With all of the overwhelming evidence that supports doing away with this position called “Youth Pastor” many preachers in their stubbornness are reluctant to do so until disaster strikes. Well disaster has struck again, but this time his name was Youth Pastor Matt Pitt of The Basement Ministries in Birmingham.
According to All Alabama.com youth pastor Matt Pitt was arrested in Birmingham tonight after he ran from law enforcement and then struggled with them before he was handcuffed and arrested.
Pitt, the 30-year-old evangelist wanted on felony charges of impersonating a peace officer, was captured on 20th Street near Vulcan. Jefferson County sheriff’s Chief Deputy Randy Christian said deputies got a tip that Pitt, founder of one of the country’s largest youth ministries, was on his way to a local television studio.
Sheriff’s authorities notified Birmingham police officers who were the first to arrive. Christian said Pitt ran from the Vulcan area, with Birmingham officers in pursuit, to 20th Street close to the overlook.
Pitt struggled with the Birmingham officers and sheriff’s deputies before he was subdued. Christian said Pitt is en route to the Jefferson County Jail.
Christian thanked Birmingham police for their help in capturing the wanted pastor. “Obviously they were just as offended by this suspect pretending to be a police officer as everyone else was,” Christian said.
When a deputy took custody of Pitt tonight and asked him where he worked, Pitt answered that he worked for the sheriff. “His story just continues to get stranger by the moment,” Christian said. “You can draw your own conclusions as to why.”
Pitt was released from the Jefferson County Jail just before 1 a.m. He was then picked up Shelby County sheriff’s deputies were he is being held without bond.
Jefferson County sheriff’s deputies on Friday announced a felony warrant against Pitt on the charge of impersonating a peace officer. They said on June 15 they were called to Falling Creek Lane to investigate a report of a man impersonating a law enforcement officer.
Deputies were told there was a suspicious vehicle sitting in front of a home two hours earlier and the resident had seen people going back and forth between the vehicle and a nearby wooded area.
The caller said he went to investigate and discovered a rifle hidden at the edge of the woods. He summoned law enforcement. While he was waiting for them to respond, two men drove up on ATV’s. When the man asked them what they were doing, Pitt retrieved the rifle and identified himself as a law enforcement officer, according to deputies.
The responding deputy forwarded the case to the sheriff’s office Criminal Division for Investigation. The warrant was issued Aug. 14 and announced on Friday. Pitt’s bond in that case is set at $15,000.
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