The Shelby County District Attorney says drugs were found in Matt Pitt's system on the night of his arrest. The information was released by Shelby County District Attorney Robby Owens shortly after Pitt's probation was revoked at a hearing on Tuesday morning. At the hearing, a judge ruled that his probation would be revoked and he would serve his full sentence of one year.
Pitt's attorney said Pitt took too much Adderall, a prescription drug that treats ADHD, on the night of the arrest. The D.A. has not yet specified what drugs were found in Pitt's system.
Pitt has been held for almost two months in the Shelby County Jail on charges of impersonating a peace officer. Owens says Pitt will likely be in jail for about six to eight months since the 60 days he has served already will count toward his sentence. He adds if Pitt is a good prisoner they will also consider cutting short his sentence for "good time."
Pitt arrived at the courthouse around 8 a.m. Tuesday morning. His parents, Larry and Missy Pitt, were able to see their son enter the courthouse from a distance. It was the first time they had seen him in person since his arrest on August 20.
"Trust in the Lord. That's all I can tell him," said Missy Pitt, when asked what she would tell her son. "God is in control."
Around three dozen Pitt supporters arrived at the courthouse around 8:30 a.m. They gathered and said a prayer before the beginning of the hearing.
The charges against Pitt stem from an honorary badge he was given by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department. Allegedly in May of 2012, Pitt flashed the badge to authorities after they pulled his vehicle over in connection to reports that an unmarked SUV had been using blue lights to pass vehicles.
Pitt pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of attempting to impersonate a peace officer. The evangelist says he was forced into pleading guilty. The Shelby County Sheriff's Office denies forcing Pitt's plea.
The group of Matt Pitt supporters cheered and said "We love you" as he left the courthouse.
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