Reese Witherspoon, husband arrested

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(CNN) Oscar-winning actress Reese Witherspoon’s performance as an upset wife earned her a trip to jail and a disorderly conduct charge Friday.

“You are going to be on national news,” Witherspoon allegedly told a Georgia state trooper as he handcuffed her on Atlanta’s Peachtree Road early Friday morning.

Reese WitherspoonThat didn’t discourage Trooper First Class J. Pyland from writing a very quotable arrest report suitable for national news.

Witherspoon, who is in Atlanta to make a movie titled “The Good Lie,” is charged with interfering with Pyland’s arrest of her husband, Hollywood agent James Toth, on a drunken driving charge.

“Mrs. Witherspoon began to hang out the window and say that she did not believe that I was a real police officer,” Pyland wrote. “I told Mrs. Witherspoon to sit on her butt and be quiet.”

Witherspoon, 37, allegedly did not follow his order, getting out of the Ford Fusion instead. When the trooper warned her again, Witherspoon allegedly told him she was a U.S. citizen and allowed to “stand on American ground.” Her American pride got her handcuffed.

“I put my hands on Mrs. Witherspoon’s arms to arrest her,” Pyland wrote. “Mrs. Witherspoon was resistant but I was able to put handcuffs on her without incident due to Mr. Toth calming her.”

“Do you know my name?” he said Witherspoon asked. “I answered, ‘No, I don’t need to know your name.’”

“You’re about to find out who I am,” she replied, the arrest report said.

Pyland stopped Toth, 42, after seeing him weave in and out of his lane as he drove through the city’s Buckhead community, the arrest report said.

Toth’s eyes were bloodshot and his clothing disheveled, Pyland wrote. After several coordination tests, he was given a breathalyzer test that registered 0.139, well above the legal limit of 0.08 for a driving under the influence charge, the report said.

Their car was impounded, and Witherspoon and Toth were taken to the Atlanta city jail, the report said. An unidentified passenger in the back seat caught a cab, it said.

The couple were bailed out of jail Saturday morning. A court date is set for Monday morning.

Witherspoon won a shelf full of awards for her performance as June Carter Cash in “Walk the Line,” including a best actress Academy Award.


  • Gwen

    I guess being an actress makes her think that she is above the law. Sad, but kids watch this type actions too, so how can one ask them to so law abiding when folk like this shame the instructions that parents try to teach kids. Obey the law, don't drink and drive. That is serious! No Joke! No get out of jail free card. Help save lives and don't drink and drive.

    • Bernie

      I agree, however, only if found guilty. Don't assume that someone is automatically guilty just because they're arrested. Key words to look for in the article are "reportedly" "allegedly" "accused." We are protected under our Constitution that you're innocent until PROVEN guilty. Don't be as ignorant as 3rd world countries that you're guilty until proven innocent. This is United States. Believe in our system. You shouldn't have to fight for your innocence. Reece had the right to stand her ground & should have gotten a badge number to file a formal complaint. Just saying.

  • Sezme

    Do Hollywood types still use that line, or it's variations, "Do you know who I am?" I would hope Police don't care what status a person has in society if they do something wrong. It's so arrogant to think that asking that question would make a cop say, "Oh, you're famous. I guess it's OK for you to break the law. Sorry to have inconvenienced you. Let me help you and your drunk husband back to your car".

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