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13 INVESTIGATES: Matt Pitt's Badge

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Larry Matthew Pitt pleaded guilty to traveling 31 miles over the speed limit in Walton County, Florida in 2011.

He paid a $351 fine.

However, that's not all that caught our eye.

It's what Pitt said to the deputy that pulled him over which stood out.

The speeding ticket appears to be the beginning of a theme when Pitt has been pulled over by the law.

First, a little history on Matt Pitt.

One year ago this month, youth evangelist and founder of The Basement ministries, Pitt walked into the Shelby County Courthouse to plead guilty to attempting to impersonate an officer.

He had used an honorary Jefferson County Sheriff's Deputy Badge when he was pulled over near Calera.

Pitt, though, told our own Kalisha Whitman a different version of what happened during an interview last month.

"I even had to plead guilty.  I had to plead guilty.  I am not guilty.  I had to plead guilty," Pitt claimed.

He went on to say, "No.  I did not pretend to be anything.  Because guess what, they made me an officer.

I have a badge."

A badge that Jefferson County investigators said Pitt flashed again three months ago when a resident questioned him about an abandoned rifle near some woods in Grayson Valley.

The sheriff's office said Pitt, "Presented himself as a law enforcement officer."

Pitt even showed off the badge during his recent conversation with Alabama's 13. 

"Well, lookee there. Lookee there. And here's the thing," Pitt started.

When Whitman interrupted him to point out that it was an ‘honorary badge', Pitt replied, "So there is a difference now.  But you expect me to know this?"

Now, we've learned Pitt pulled out the badge to dodge trouble in another state.

On August 23, 2011, Pitt was pulled over on Highway 331 near Freeport, Florida.

In his report, the Deputy said he clocked Pitt going 86-miles-an-hour in a 55-mile-per-hour zone.

When the Deputy approached Pitt, the speeding ticket stated Pitt, "Showed an honorary badge, laying in his lap, in an attempt to get out of a ticket."

The plea apparently did not work and Pitt later pleaded guilty to speeding and paid the fines.

Pitt is currently being held in the Shelby County Jail for allegedly violating his probation he was serving in the Calera case.

He is scheduled to appear at a probation revocation hearing on September 23rd.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office has confirmed to us they have confiscated Pitt's 'honorary badge' and plan to use it as evidence in their case against him.

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