We should start this off with a warning: Don’t try this at home. A youth pastor was arrested after jumping off a 45 foot cliff in order to try to evade the police. Matt Pitt, a 30-year old man in Birmingham, Alabama, is now in jail on $15,000 bond. He was charged with impersonating a peace officer, which can get him sent to prison if convicted.
The incident took place right after Pitt completed an interview with a local TV station. Pitt made the jump after running up Red Mountain to try to get away from the cops. He maintains his innocence and says that Chief Deputy Randy Christian has told a lie to get him into trouble.
“I did not pretend to be anything. They made me an officer. I have a badge,” Pitt said in a WVTM-TV interview.
He says that the allegations come from politics and are unfair.
“Mr. Pitt continued to run to the edge of a cliff southeast of Vulcan and jumped to the ground below (approximately 45 feet) onto 20th Street,” Birmingham police spokesman Sgt. Johnny Williams Jr. toldAL.com. “BPD officers and JCSO deputies were at the base of the cliff and observed him climb from a ditch after his jump.”
This is not the first time that Pitt has had a run-in with the law. He was charged with the same offense last year and given a 12-month suspended sentence.
“He is lucky that cliff didn’t take his life,” Christian told AL.com. “For his family’s sake and for his I am truly glad he is OK. As I said before, going to jail may very well have saved his life.”
Pitt is the founder of “The Basement, a very popular youth ministry.