Drunk driving is, generally speaking, a bad idea, even if you're, say, the husband of a wealthy movie star. A worse idea? Deciding to drunkenly berate the police officers arresting your husband, especially if you're the famous movie star wife of the person getting arrested. Unfortunately for everyone involved, this is just what Reese Witherspoon did early Friday morning, a decision that resulted in her arrest.
As Variety was the first to report, police arrested Jim Toth, Witherspoon's husband and an agent at CAA, for driving under the influence early Friday morning in Atlanta. His blood alcohol level was reportedly .139. As police were dealing with Toth, Witherspoon approached the officers, at which point this exchange reportedly occurred:
... Reese allegedly started acting up, telling cops, "Do you know my name?"
The officer answered by saying, "No, I don't need to know your name."
Witherspoon then came back with, "You're about to find out who I am ... You are going to be on national news."
When officers ordered her back to her car, she complied...for a while, before leaving it to again express "visual and verbal frustration over how long it was taking to arrest her husband." Police then arrested Witherspoon for disorderly conduct.
Witherspoon and Toth were both taken to jail and booked, Toth for DUI and Witherspoon for physical obstruction of a police officer during a traffic stop. They were released not long after, Witherspoon on $300 bond. Both will be in court tomorrow.
UPDATE: Witherspoon issued an apology through her publicist:
"Out of respect for the ongoing legal situation, I cannot comment on everything that is being reported right now. But I do want to say, I clearly had one drink too many and I am deeply embarrassed about the things I said. It was definitely a scary situation and I was frightened for my husband, but that is no excuse. I was disrespectful to the officer who was just doing his job. I have nothing but respect for the police and I'm very sorry for my behavior."
Below are the couple's mugshots.
[Variety/Image via AP]