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October 15, 2013

Birmingham-area youth pastor faces court hearing

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A popular Birmingham-area youth evangelist is set to appear in court on a charge of trying to impersonate police.

WBRC-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1cRgLpp) that 30-year-old Matt Pitt faces a Tuesday court hearing to determine whether his probation will be revoked.

The 30-year-old Pitt was arrested in August after a judge revoked his probation from a case last year. He has been jailed in Shelby County.

Pitt pleaded guilty in 2012 to trying to impersonate a police officer, and he was charged with the same offense following his August arrest.

Pitt gave a rambling TV interview before police say he fled officers and jumped off a 45-foot cliff in Birmingham.

Pitt started a ministry called "The Basement" in 2004, and it grew into one of the nation's largest youth ministries.

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