Matt Pitt probation revoked, had prescription drugs in system - WVTM-TV Birmingham, AL

Matt Pitt probation revoked, had prescription drugs in system

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Moments after Matt Pitt walked into the courthouse in his orange jail jumpsuit, Brandon Vessell took the stand.

Vessell testified that Pitt flashed an honorary badge when he confronted Pitt about an abandoned rifle in some Grayson Valley woods back in June.

Under cross examination Pitt's attorney Daniel Bowman asked Vessell, "At any time, besides showing the badge, did matt say I work for the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office?"

Vessell responded, "No, sir.  He did not."

Joel Smith was one of the Birmingham officers who arrested Pitt in August.

He testified, "It took three officers to get his arms behind his back to place handcuffs on him."  

There were also references to Pitt's 'colorful' interview with us moments before that arrest.

Sergeant Chris Sharit investigated Pitt's latest officer impersonation charge and watched our interview.

Shelby County District Attorney Robbie Owens asked Sharit, "Did he appear to be intoxicated in some manner?"

Sharit replied, "Yes, he did."

"Matt did have prescription drugs in his system that night. There was no illegal substances. I have a copy of the drug test.  Everything that he had was his prescription, none of it was being abused,"  Bowman pointed out.

Bowman says those drugs included Adderall and a sleeping aide and believes the whole case has been blown out of proportion.

Owens, on the other hand, feels revoking Pitt's probation was the only option.

"He chose to fight with the police.  Run from them.  Force them to chase him down an embankment where he endangered lots of lives rolling around in the highway and fighting with the police to get away," Owens concluded.

Judge Dan Reeves ordered Pitt to finish his one year jail sentence but gave him credit for time served.

That means since Pitt has been sitting in the Shelby County Jail for two months, he could get out by next August, or earlier for good behavior.

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