Matt Roloff found not guilty of DUI by judge after jury dismissed for searching online

Little People, Big World star Matt Roloff has been found not guilty of DUI. He was arrested for the second time in four years last August.

The six-person jury was dismissed Thursday “after violating court orders by researching terms on the internet,” Bend Weekly News reports. The judge told them that they did a “disservice to the entire legal system” by searching online.

In order “to avoid a mistrial, [Roloff] waived his right to a jury trial and left it up to the judge to decide his fate. He was found not guilty of driving under the influence of intoxicants, failing to maintain a lane of traffic, and refusing to take a breath test.”

Without the results of “a breath test, the evidence against him was based on the deputy’s observations including a ‘moderate odor of alcohol’ on his breath, and watery and glassy eyes,” but Roloff “maintained that he was simply tired and was unused to driving his wife, Amy’s, custom van which has foot pedal extensions for her stature instead of his,” the paper reports.

Jury booted, judge rules Roloff not guilty of drunk driving [Bend Weekly News]

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