Youth evangelist Matt Pitt now in Shelby County Jail

Youth evangelist Matt Pitt now in Shelby County Jail

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Matt Pitt (Source: Shelby County Sheriff's Office) Matt Pitt (Source: Shelby County Sheriff's Office)
Pitt at the time of his arrest. (Source: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office) Pitt at the time of his arrest. (Source: Jefferson County Sheriff's Office)
Matt Pitt's mugshot from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office. Matt Pitt's mugshot from the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office.
BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) -

Youth evangelist Matt Pitt is being held in the Shelby County Jail, following his arrest in Birmingham on Tuesday night.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office has confirmed that Birmingham police officers took Pitt into custody around 9:45 p.m. Tuesday after getting a tip that he was at a local TV station. He was taken into custody near Vulcan Park after a foot chase. The sheriff's office also says Pitt struggled with officers.

The Shelby County Sheriff's Office says Pitt was released from Jefferson County custody a little before 1 a.m. on Wednesday. He was then taken to the Shelby County Jail where he is being held on no bond.

On Wednesday morning, District Judge Dan Reeves ordered Pitt to submit to a drug test, according to court documents. Judge Reeves filed the order with the Shelby County District Court at 8:21 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21.

An arrest warrant was issued for Pitt's arrest last week on the charge of impersonating a peace officer. The warrant pertains to an incident on June 15, 2013, according to a release from the Jefferson County Sherriff's Office.

The sheriff's office says their deputies got a call on Saturday, June 15 about a man who was impersonating a law enforcement officer. Deputies responded to the area where the incident occurred, the 5200 block of Falling Creek Lane in the Grayson Valley area.

Around 6 p.m. a resident reported seeing a suspicious vehicle in front of a home around 4 p.m., and "people going back and forth between the vehicle and a nearby wooded area," the sheriff's office said.

The resident said he went to check it out and found a rifle hidden near the edge of the woods and no one else around. He then called the sheriff's office to tell them about finding the weapon.

The resident said while he was waiting, two men came up riding ATVs and one of them picked up the weapon.

The resident told them he had called the sheriff's office to report the weapon. When he asked the pair what they were doing, neither could give a "satisfactory answer," the sheriff's office said.

"According to the witness, at this point the suspect that had retrieved the rifle presented himself as a law enforcement officer," Jefferson County Chief Deputy Randy Christian said. "That suspect was later positively identified as Matthew Pitt."

The resident said he believed they were really law enforcement officers, so he didn't ask any more questions. Pitt and the other man then drove off on their ATVs.

The sheriff's office investigated the case and an arrest warrant was then issued for Pitt on the charge of impersonating a peace officer.

Pitt pleaded guilty to the same charge in Shelby County last year and received probation. At that time, he received a 12-month suspended sentence and was placed on unsupervised probation for two years.

Shelby County authorities issued an arrest warrant for Pitt Monday after a motion was granted to revoke his probation. The Shelby County District Attorney's Office filed the motion on Aug. 14, the same day Jefferson County deputies issued the felony warrant against Pitt.

Pitt started The Basement in the basement of his home in 2004 and it grew into one of the largest youth ministries in the country.

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