'Little People, Big World' star Matthew Roloff pleads not guilty to DUI
By Christopher Rocchio and Steve Rogers, 07/31/2007
Little People, Big World patriarch Matthew Roloff has pleaded not guilty to a charge of driving under the influence of intoxicants, KPTV-TV, Fox's Portland, OR affiliate, reported Tuesday.
The 45-year-old TLC reality star's Monday court appearance was the result of a June 19 arrest that began when a deputy stopped Roloff for failing to drive within his designated lane, according toEntertainment Tonight. Roloff was reportedly driving a 2005 Chevrolet van through an unincorporated area of Washington County, OR at the time of the his 11:52PM traffic stop.
"Mr. Roloff allegedly failed the field sobriety test and was arrested for DUII," the police report from Roloff's arrest states, according to Entertainment Tonight. "Mr. Roloff was transported to the Washington County Jail where he was cited for DUII, refusing the breath test, and failure to drive within the lane."
Little People, Big World first premiered on TLC in March 2006 and has since aired two additional installments. The docu-reality series follows Matthew and his wife Amy -- both of whom have dwarfism along with their son Zach -- in their daily lives. The Roloff's other three children, Jeremy, Molly and Jacob, also appear in the show. The family resides on a 34-acre farm in Helvetia, OR.
Last fall, the family made headlines when Jacob, the couple's then 9-year-old son, was seriously injured by the 2,000-pound concrete counterweight of a 25-foot-high medieval catapult that misfired while Jacob was loading it with pumpkins.