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Matt Roloff arrested for DUII
by Cheryl McDermott
Matt Roloff, star of the hit TV series “Little People, Big World”, was arrested last month for driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII), deputies reported today.
According to a news release issued by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office in Oregon, Roloff, 45, was observed by a deputy traveling west on NW West Union Road near NW Cornelius Pass Road in an unincorporated area of Washington County about midnight on June 19 of this year. Roloff’s 2005 Chevrolet van “was failing to drive within its travel lane”, the release stated.
|Matt Roloff - WCSO photo |
Roloff allegedly failed the field sobriety test and was arrested for DUII. He was transported to the Washington County Jail where, according to deputies, he refused to take the breath test. Roloff was cited and released for DUII, refusing the breath test, and failure to drive within the lane.
Attempts to reach Roloff by telephone an email were unsuccessful. A phone number listed for Roloff Farms is no longer in service, and emails sent were unanswered.
Roloff and his family, wife Amy, daughter Molly, twin sons Zach and Jeremy, and youngest child Jacob, are featured on The Learning Channel’s television show that focuses on the family’s life on their 33-acre farm in Oregon. Pegged by TLC as an “extraordinary family composed of both little and average-sized people”, the Roloff’s share how Matt, Amy, and Zach live as Little People with dwarfism living in a world of normal-sized people.
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- Was the DMV forwarded a copy of the Police Report? For refusal to take a breath test, DMV suspends driving privileges for a year, and for three years if you have prior alcohol-related offenses in the last five years. For refusal to take a urine test, DMV will suspend driving privileges for one year, of for three years with prior alcohol-related offenses.
For refusal to take a blood test while receiving medical care after a collision, DMV will suspend driving privileges for 90 days, and for one year if you have prior alcohol-related offenses in the last five years. For failure of a blood test for DUII while receiving medical care after a collision, DMV will suspend driving privileges for 90 days, and for a year with prior alcohol-related offenses. (Posted on March 10, 2008, 10:05 pm Oregon-Law)
- He got lucky and beat the DUI, but I don't see his show lasting beyond this season. (Posted on March 6, 2008, 8:46 am chaz)
- yall need 2 get off he's jock, yall act like yall never did any thing bad before. damn leave him along (Posted on January 28, 2008, 1:56 pm bettye tillman)
- I used to be a personal friend of Matt's. The person "Me" who posted first on December 16 is 100% spot on. I don't begrudge anyone who wants to find inspiration in Matt's "story," but be advised that the reality in this case is very different. Matt is a master salesman and publicity hound. He is brilliant, without question. But ethical? Forget about it. I wouldn't trust him as far as I could toss him. (Posted on January 20, 2008, 9:43 am LPA Lifetime Member)
- Here is a link to Bend Weekly's article on the first day of trial testimony:
Good stuff! (Posted on January 9, 2008, 1:38 pm A Roloff fan)
- His court date was yesterday 1/8/08 - I haven't seen anything out yet as to the outcome. Maybe you have to wait until next season to find out? (Posted on January 9, 2008, 12:13 pm Clark)
- today is 1/06/08, why don't someone tell us the outcome of the trial, what did they do to matt, (Posted on January 6, 2008, 8:32 pm annie)
- To have 2 DUII arrests in a span of 4 years indicates an alcohol problem. Think about how many times you have driven over the speed limit vs the number of times you've been stopped for speeding. If you don't get stopped frequently, then why would an arrest for DUII be different? For every stop there are X times someone has gotten away with it.
In addition, Mr. Roloff's dwarfism has no bearing on the field test nor the breathalyzer. His mobility issues have nothing to do with his ability to say the alphabet backwards or touch his nose. If he is in the chronic pain as "australian roloff fan" alleges and if he is taking narcotics to gain relief, Mr. Roloff could still be guilty of driving under the influence. Under the influence is ANY substance not just alcohol. Also, if he was taking opiates for pain management then he should be aware of the dangers of mixing opiates with alcohol. The Rx bottle would include a warning on it stating "do not drink while on this medication." As far as I'm concerned, this still falls under personal responsibility and he should know better. (Posted on December 24, 2007, 10:23 am Joan)
- First of all, (Kadinza Wyckoff) for a "Doctor" you certainly don't express yourself very well in written form. I for one am not a Redneck but an educated Northeasterner. Second, I am Happy that I don't have a closed one dimensional "Bible Belt" mind. Yes I do believe in science and not everything that is written as gospel in the Bible. Now for your comments. As a "doctor" you would know that a blood draw is more difficult to obtain because many hospital administrations consider it wrong because if a person is not injured or a patient a blood draw is invasive. Also, yes a blood test is usually more accurate but it usually shows a higher readiing that what would be obtained via a breath test. Lastly Matt could have also refused a blood test as well if they even offer it. My feeling is that if it had been offered he would have still refused the test. As stated before Matt appears to have a drinking problem of some kind. Yes he is Innocent until proven Guilty but we all know that lawyers are not always after determining the truth but muddling up the facts.. If interested look up info on the Datamaster Breath tester that many PD's use. It is a very accurate Scientific Instrument.... (Posted on December 23, 2007, 3:38 pm kampj)
- First off "Me, and kampj" You are stupid. Your comments are those of the typical unschooled redneck. I am a doctor. You never take the breath test. NO MATTER WHAT. Despite what you have been told those devices are far too inaccurate. Goto jail and get a blood draw, call the lawyer. I am also disabled. I could not walk a line to pass the test as given and this has been proven by local reporters who also question the procedure. Blood that is the only true test. Also no I don't care if you lost someone to a drunk driver. I have in my family, and I do in the ER. In this country you are INNOCENT until proven GUILTY. More of you are forgetting this. Try a visit to the Bible Belt and get out of the ultra liberal northwest for a bit. (Posted on December 19, 2007, 8:45 am Kadinza Wyckoff)
- GULITY, and throw away the key (Posted on December 17, 2007, 11:51 am DuDe)
- One DUI indicates a "drinking problem".
Two DUI's indicates an alcoholic.
They're a sweet family but I'd have more respect for Matt if he spent less time on PR spin, and more time dealing with his alcoholism. This was a chance to come clean and show other drunks how to take responsibilty for sobriety. (Posted on December 16, 2007, 6:39 pm Madd momma)
- 1. - THIS IS HIS SECOND TIME DRUNK DRIVING! If you watch him RACE around in his cars, I don't care if he's a midget or not...he could have F#cking killed someone.
2. - I hope CFS is investigatingn for his nearly killing 2 people because of the TOY on his property, one being his own son, and him NOT EVEN BEING WITH HIS SON IN THE HOSPITAL, but instead chatting up every media outlet he could to try and COVER HIS DRUNk/CRIMINAL/ SCHEMING ASS.
3. - The guy is involved in nothing but SCAM businesses. He's a fake PRICK. You can tell even his WIFE cannot stand him ianymore. If it weren't for her strong faith, she would have dumped him a long time ago. In the first seasons, they looked like they were heading that way.
Matt likes MONEY and to SPEND, and has big dreams, but doesn't want to WORK/had his wife working two jobs! Now with the show he uses his "celebrity" to scam money from people BIG TIME.
Do not buy the "Matt is a great guy" B.S. His own FAMILY cannot stand him, children included.
HE IS A CRIMINAL. He should NOT be operating a DEADLY WEAPON when drunk! I would say it would take one of his kids getting killed to wake him up, but his baby getting his skull bashed in didn't even PHASE him... So ...
F#CK MATT ROLOFF!! He NEEDS to do time! (Posted on December 16, 2007, 6:38 pm Me)
- The season ends with images of his impending trial. The main reason he probably refused the breath test is that he consulted an attorney who told him not to take the test. With this being his second DWI, and possibly facing more penalites, refusing the test puts it all on what the Officer observed and testifies too. All the easier to pick apart in court. I know that his having physical difficulties will provide many arguements for his attorney to bring up. The test is well established and more difficult to argue against. In my personal opinion it would have been better to have him take the test and admit his problem and move on. If he wasn't drunk, then taking the test and passing it sets you free. No case period.. But I think he knew better that he probably wasn't going to pass it. I'm sure also that he will probably have Oregon's best DWI defense attorney at his side as well. Good show too watch. Nice family.. Matt needs to recognize that fact though.. (Posted on December 11, 2007, 10:47 am kampj)
- I've heard that this is Matt's second DUII. If so, he may do a little time in the county lock-up. Either way, I still think its a wonderful show and will continue to watch it. (Posted on December 6, 2007, 3:47 pm Andrew Kline)
- We are wondering if this will ever come to a close. We understand today he is scheduled for another hearing after a postponement in November (Posted on December 5, 2007, 10:22 am LPBWFan)
- We all make mistakes - its human nature. And I wouldn't judge him based on this isolated event.
We know the Roloff family through LPA (Little People of America), you couldn't meet a nicer family. Even with all their success, the Roloff family continues to support the LPA community and bring further attention to our cause. (Posted on November 11, 2007, 8:08 am LPA Member)
- Did they ever feature his arrest on the show? (Posted on October 25, 2007, 1:10 pm atomTom)
- Matt and Amy seem to have bigger issues than the DUII. They have an older son who is struggling with school, and two younger sons that have ZERO respect for their parents. Maybe Matt drinks and drives to get away from a home that is out of control and looks worse than some trailer parks in the South. He needs to give up the drinks and focus on walking the walk. (Posted on October 24, 2007, 8:52 am ck1)
- I think that this will probably be the season-ender of the fourth season, which starts Monday, October 15 on TLC. Like the trebuchet accident, I think that this tragedy will make for great reality TV and drama. (Posted on October 9, 2007, 8:55 am John)
- I love the show and the Roloff family. It is educational to America how little people can exist in this society. It would be a shame if this program goes off the air. If he was drunk, tell him to clean up his act. He has too much going on to screw up his future and the future of his family. He does a great deal of good for little people. Amy is great. (Posted on October 5, 2007, 11:32 am Betty Dew)
- Have you people any idea of the chronic PAIN this man must be in. Have you seen his feet, knees and hips? Hip pain is vicious. Did you ever think it might be pain killers and a little alcohol. He would quickly loss gross motor skills with that combination. We all have to live and learn. (Posted on September 17, 2007, 9:49 am australian roloff fan)
- Matt should've taken the breath test. He probably would've gotten in less trouble if he cooperated. He tries to inspire people but that wrecked my insporation. - Nicole (Posted on September 17, 2007, 9:48 am Nicole Lynn)
- Every human makes mistakes. Let he who is among you and free of error (sin) cast the first stone otherwise leave the judgements to GOD! (Posted on August 27, 2007, 11:12 pm 1949ruth)
- Give the guy a break! We all make mistakes in life people. (Posted on August 24, 2007, 9:51 am Eric)
- Gizmosw - Your so full of crap - it stinks. I've seen the both of them slamming it down on their show more than once..... So all you azz-kissing-idiots, take your bullsh!t elsewhere. (Posted on August 22, 2007, 8:18 am BENDEHO)
- I know Matt and Amy very well and neither drinks or do drugs. (Posted on August 20, 2007, 2:09 pm Gizmosw)
- If this is really Matt's second arrest for DUI - Then he should spend some time in jail. Just cuz he's small doesn't give him an excuse to drive drunk. With all his success, you'd think he would be more careful. If he is convicted he needs to resign from his charity and any position he holds with LPA. (Posted on August 15, 2007, 10:51 pm Jacob)
- Shame on your newspaper for publishing Matts arrest for DUII. He has not had his day in court and when he does he will be vindicated of all charges. (Posted on August 13, 2007, 5:46 pm Or1957)
- Matt is a little person! so maybe he would be considered impaired quicker than" you or I". But I am a big fan of the show. I personally don't see a lot of little people where I live so the show to me is a combination of loving the family and education. I hope they don't cancel little people big world because of this. How would the family be able to keep up with their lifestyle! travelling and spend, spend and spend.
(Posted on August 13, 2007, 11:28 am margie)
- I don't understand the people who think Matt Roloff is pompous and would love to bring him down. He is a really great example of someone who has got up off his behind and made his life a success. I think he is a credit to humanity and has much to teach all of us. He works so hard despite his disability to provide for his family and no doubt that was what he was doing on the road at midnight. Perhaps he was just tired coming home from a business trip. (Posted on August 7, 2007, 7:21 am alison mason)
- I am wondering if his refusal to take a breathalizer test has something to do with the fact that dwarfism might affect the results? I don't know that this is the case, but I'm wondering if the results would be scewed somehow if you are of small size. Also, I agree that their could have been some problems with the fairness of the sobriety field test due to his disability. I would widthold judgement till after the judical system does its thing and all the facts are in. (Posted on August 6, 2007, 4:28 pm Jane)
- The recent DUI arrest of "Little People, Big World" star Matthew Roloff isn't a first, he was charged in 2003 as well.
Roloff was arrested on March 21, 2003 in Multnomah County, Ore. for driving under the influence of intoxicants and reckless driving. He successfully completed a 16-week diversion program and the charges were eventually dismissed.
The 45-year-old reality star was cited and released on June 21 of this for driving under the influence of intoxicants. Sheriff's deputies say Roloff failed a field sobriety test and then refused a breath test
Looks like matt just added to his "mobility problems" since this is strike two. (Posted on August 6, 2007, 4:28 pm mjs)
- i fully believe matt roloff is guilty of his crime. i am a regular watcher of his television show and with this news now understand why he does some of the things he does, he's drunk. after hearing about this and watching the show i usually see wine bottles on the counter and believe matt is drinking out of them. (Posted on August 6, 2007, 4:27 pm brooks hale)
- I guess he was just "a little drunk?" (Posted on August 6, 2007, 4:27 pm Randy B.)
- i think matt is innocent. i know matt personally and he would never drive under the influence. i also know that washington county sheriff's are well known for their corruption in our county. god bless matt and his family. (Posted on August 4, 2007, 1:46 pm a friend)
- I have NO sympathy Mr.Roloff and could only hope that his driving privilages are revoked. I lost my wife to a DUI driver close to a decade ago near Portland. The driver spent less than 7 years in prison and has been convicted of DUI yet again since being released. Driving drunk is not a 'mistake' as they all like to claim when in court. If Matt had a half a brain, he would have obliged to the urine or breathalizer tests while he was in custody. If he was NOT impaired, why didn't he try to vindicate himself when he had the opportunity? (Posted on August 4, 2007, 9:40 am JamesfromGresham)
- Being in law enforcement, (in answer to Brannan) people sometime do not look drunk, espescially if they are on the borderline. You do not have to do walking or dexterity test to prove your drunk. For instance, citing your alphabet, nystagmus (which deals with eye reflex) and others. Here is the real deal, Matt Roloff is HUMAN, just like all the rest of us. Regardless of our opinions, this is fact. This makes him no less of a good father, family man, or anything else. If Matt did not have a hit show on TLC you probably would have never heard anything about it. A DUI is not a good thing, but my god he did not committ murder. Stop defiling the man, he mad a mistake, people often do. I don't remember any of us, save 1 who walked on water and committed no sin, and I ain't trying to fill his shoes. Even if I could those would be big shoes. Matt and his family will now have to deal with this situation and he has my support. No one, not even Matt is beyond forgiveness or help. Don't believe me, just as Dog the Bounty Hunter. (Posted on August 4, 2007, 9:18 am cwhoward)
- Screw you momo33... I think Matt is a pampas prick. So, I wouldn't doubt for second that he was drunk or high... I don't think he has the balls either to incorparate this into next seasons show. He's all fluff in front of camera and it's begining to make me sick.
(Posted on August 3, 2007, 12:59 am BENDEHO)
- I think you serioulsy have to back off and observe before any one judges stories and allegations. If you don't know the whole story you better not say too much. It will come back to bite you in the butt. If Matt is guilty- HE will have to deal with the consequences. I can't understand why people just can't wait for someone to fail because they seem "too good to be true". People screw up all the time and they have to answer to it. (Posted on August 2, 2007, 12:25 pm momo33)
- Shame on YOU for assuming that Roloff was actually drunk. I seem to remember there is a concept in this country about being innocent until found guilty. How could he possibly be given a sobriety test having to use crutches? He can barely walk and uses a wheelchair! Also, unlike most celebrities' mug shots, he doesn't look drunk. It could very well be that he was sleepy behind the wheel..also dangerous, but not DUI. He has plead not guilty and until (and if) he is found guilty, people shouldn't judge. (Posted on August 1, 2007, 9:37 am C Brannan)
- LOOKS LIKE MATT MAY BE SMALL, BUT DOES THE SAME STUPID THINGS THAT THE BIG GUYS DO. VERY DISAPPOINTING. IF THEY ARE THIS HONEST FAMILY, I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THEM WEAVE THIS INTO THEIR NEXT NEW FALL SCHEDULE AS A STORY LINE. (Posted on July 31, 2007, 10:51 pm Gary grubb)
- Little people - big drunk is more like it. Shame on Matt for being stupid. (Posted on July 31, 2007, 11:27 am EX-FAN)