'Don't you know who I am?' - Reese Witherspoon arrested for disorderly conduct


Matilda Battersby
Monday 22 April 2013 14:34 BST

Oscar-winning actress Reese Witherspoon is “deeply embarrassed” having being arrested for disorderly conduct after her husband was stopped on suspicion of drink driving.

The Hollywood movie star, 37, and her husband, Jim Toth, 42, were arrested in Atlanta during the early hours of Friday morning by a state trooper.

“Do you know my name?” Witherspoon is quoted as saying in the Georgia Police incident report, adding: “You’re about to find out who I am…you’re about to be on national news.”

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Witherspoon released a statement on Sunday night apologising for her behaviour, reading: “I clearly had one drink too many and I am deeply embarrassed about the things I said.”

It continued: “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. The words I used that night definitely do not reflect who I am. I have nothing but respect for the police and I’m very sorry for my behaviour.”

According to police reports the trooper initiated a traffic stop after noticing that the car the couple were travelling in wasn’t staying in its lane. He reported that Toth had “droopy eyelids, watery, bloodshot eyes and smelled strongly of alcohol”.

The report states Witherspoon refused to stay in the car while her husband was breathalysed. Witherspoon repeatedly got out of the car and was told that she would be arrested if she left the car again.

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

Witherspoon was arrested on grounds of disorderly conduct. Toth was placed under arrest charged with driving under the influence.

The couple were released by police just hours later on Friday morning.

Witherspoon was in New York by last night for the premiere of her latest film Mud.

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