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Bizarre behavior prompts Shelby Co. judge to order Matt Pitt to undergo drug testing in jail

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Matt Pitt's future as the leader of the widely-popular youth ministry, The Basement, is in serious jeopardy following his latest charge of impersonating a peace officer. Matt Pitt's future as the leader of the widely-popular youth ministry, The Basement, is in serious jeopardy following his latest charge of impersonating a peace officer.

A Shelby County judge has ordered a jailed youth pastor to undergo drug testing following his bizarre behavior Tuesday night.

Matt Pitt, 30, was arrested around 9:30 p.m. on 20th Street South near Vulcan after a failed attempt to flee from Birmingham police. Not long after he was taken into custody, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office released a photo showing a sweaty, dirty and handcuffed Pitt with cuts and scrapes on his face. His appearance was a result of his brief run from officers through a wooded area on a typical August night -- hot and humid -- in Alabama.

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Photo released by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office showing a disheveled Matt Pitt being arrested by Birmingham police Tuesday, August 20, 2013. (JCSO)

Chief Deputy Randy Christian feels Pitt's outrageous and unusual doings as of late are signs of a person in need of help.

"It's obvious to anyone who has been following this:  This is a kid that needs some help," Christian told ABC 33/40 reporter Haley Westbrook Wednesday. "Sometimes it takes going to jail to be forced to get the help that you need."

Pitt, the pioneer of the popular youth ministry coined The Basement, was transported to the Jefferson County Jail, where he was booked on a felony count of impersonating a peace officer. Dozens of friends and followers showed up at the jail to show their support for the Trussville native who has become beset with criticism and praise alike since his arrest in 2012 for impersonating a peace officer.

Much to the dismay of the ardent crowd of supporters anxiously awaiting their brother in Christ to bail out of jail, Shelby County authorities arrived to take Pitt into custody immediately following his release from Jefferson County.

Sheriff's deputies transported him to the Shelby Co. jail, where he continues to be held without bond due to a probation violation. During his incarceration, Pitt will be forced to submit to drug testing and the results will be sealed from the public per the judge's order.

The future for Pitt and his leadership role with the ministry he has built literally from the ground of his parent's basement, hence the name, up to a widely-successful non-profit organization with a cult-like following is in serious jeopardy. Not only does he face one year in jail in Columbiana for violating the terms of his plea agreement made with prosecutors following his first arrest for pretending to be a cop, but he now faces up to 10 years in prison for his newest charge of false representation.

Pitt has gone on record denying all allegations against him and maintains he is innocent of all charges.

ABC 33/40 will continue to follow this story and provide updates as more information is made available.

 

 

 

 

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