Embattled youth pastor Matt Pitt was arrested in Birmingham after he ran from law enforcement and then struggled with them before he was handcuffed and arrested.
Embattled youth pastor Matt Pitt was arrested in Birmingham tonight after he ran from law enforcement and then struggled with them before he was handcuffed and arrested.
Pitt, the 30-year-old evangelist wanted on felony charges of impersonating a peace officer, was captured on 20th Street near Vulcan. Jefferson County sheriff’s Chief Deputy Randy Christian said deputies got a tip that Pitt, founder of one of the country’s largest youth ministries, was on his way to a local television studio.
Sheriff’s authorities notified Birmingham police officers who were the first to arrive. Christian said Pitt ran from the Vulcan area, with Birmingham officers in pursuit, to 20th Street close to the overlook.
Pitt struggled with the Birmingham officers and sheriff’s deputies before he was subdued. Christian said Pitt is en route to the Jefferson County Jail.
Christian thanked Birmingham police for their help in capturing the wanted pastor. “Obviously they were just as offended by this suspect pretending to be a police officer as everyone else was,” Christian said.
When a deputy took custody of Pitt tonight and asked him where he worked, Pitt answered that he worked for the sheriff. “His story just continues to get stranger by the moment,” Christian said. “You can draw your own conclusions as to why.”
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