Matt Pitt, a well-known youth pastor and leader of The Basement, has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge after being charged with impersonating a peace officer.
Pitt was charged with impersonating a police officer in May, which is a Class C felony. Wednesday, he appeared in a Shelby County courtroom and pleaded guilty to an amended charge of attempting to impersonate a peace officer, which is a misdemeanor.
The felony charge would have landed Pitt in the county jail for 12 months, but Judge Dan Reeves amended his sentence to two years unsupervised probation.
As part of his agreement with Shelby County DA Robert Owens, Pitt also made an apology in court. He apologized to the entire Calera Police Department, saying that they acted professionally the night of his arrest.
Pitt also apologized to anyone else who may have been hurt during this situation and added that this has helped him grow and will help him as he reaches out to young people through his ministry.
Pitt didn't make a statement after leaving court today, but Calera Police Chief Sean Lemley said he was satisfied with Wednesday's events.
Pitt was arrested in May after Calera Police received reports that the driver of an unmarked SUV was pulling up behind other motorists and using blue lights to pass them. At the time, responding officers reported that his SUV was equipped with lights similar to those used by law enforcement. Officers also reported that Pitt told them he was an officer in Jefferson County.
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