The Basement's Matt Pitt arrested after brief run from Birmingham police
Youth evangelist Matt Pitt was arrested Tuesday night after a brief run from Jefferson County sheriff's deputies and Birmingham police officers.
Pitt, who was charged with one felony count of impersonating a peace officer Aug. 14, was apprehended near 20th Street South in the Vulcan area near the overlook.
The 30-year-old leader of The Basement had been at a local television station for an interview when authorities were notified of his location.
The sheriff's office sent deputies to the station and requested the assistance of the Birmingham Police Department. Shortly after officers arrived, Pitt fled the scene on foot into a wooded area. After a brief struggle with officers, Pitt was taken into custody around 9:30 p.m. and transported to the Jefferson County Jail. He was released around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday and was promptly taken into custody by Shelby County authorities. Pitt is being held in the Shelby County jail without bond.
Wednesday, a Shelby County judge ordered Pitt to undergo drug testing. Typically, the results are not released unless authorized by a judge.
FILE - Mugshot of Matt Pitt following his 2012 arrest in Shelby County for impersonating a peace officer.
In September 2012, Pitt pled guilty in Shelby County to misdemeanor count of attempting to impersonate a peace officer and was given two years of unsupervised probation. A judge Monday revoked his probation after learning of his newest charge in Jefferson County, and he now faces a year in jail for violating the terms of his plea agreement.
It is unknown at this time if Pitt has retained a lawyer.