Witherspoon 'embarrassed' by arrest; hearing reset
by Kate Brumback, Associated Press
April 22, 2013 12:45 PM | 1699 views | 6 6 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
This combination of undated photo provided by the City of Atlanta Department of Corrections shows Reese Witherspoon, left, her husband James Toth. The Oscar-winning actress was arrested on a disorderly conduct charge after a state trooper said she wouldn't stay in the car while Toth was given a field sobriety test in Atlanta. (AP Photo/City of Atlanta Department of Corrections)
This combination of undated photo provided by the City of Atlanta Department of Corrections shows Reese Witherspoon, left, her husband James Toth. The Oscar-winning actress was arrested on a disorderly conduct charge after a state trooper said she wouldn't stay in the car while Toth was given a field sobriety test in Atlanta. (AP Photo/City of Atlanta Department of Corrections)
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ATLANTA (AP) — A court hearing on a disorderly conduct charge has been rescheduled for actress Reese Witherspoon, who said she is "deeply embarrassed" by what she said to a state trooper during a traffic stop in Atlanta.

Witherspoon's case was scheduled for a Monday morning hearing, but it was reset for May 22. She was arrested Friday.

The Oscar-winning actress released a statement late Sunday apologizing for her behavior when her husband, Hollywood agent Jim Toth, was arrested and accused of driving under the influence of alcohol. Toth also had a hearing set for Monday, but it was rescheduled for May 23.

The actress didn't appear in court. She was in New York on Sunday night attending the premiere of her new movie "Mud." She posed for cameras on the red carpet but did not stop to talk to reporters.

"Do you know my name?" Witherspoon is quoted as saying in a state trooper's report of the early Friday incident. She also said: "You're about to find out who I am" and "You're about to be on national news," according to the report.

"I clearly had one drink too many and I am deeply embarrassed about the things I said," Witherspoon 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. 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 behavior."

Witherspoon said she can't comment further "out of respect" for the pending case, and her publicist, Meredith O'Sullivan Wasson, offered no other details.

The 37-year-old actress was arrested on a municipal charge of disorderly conduct after a state trooper said she wouldn't stay in the car while Toth was given a field sobriety test.

The trooper noticed the car driven by her husband wasn't staying in its lane early Friday morning, so he pulled the couple over. He reported that Toth had droopy eyelids, watery, bloodshot eyes, and his breath smelled strongly of alcohol.

Toth told the trooper he'd had a drink, which Witherspoon said was consumed at a restaurant two hours before the traffic stop, the trooper wrote.

Before the field sobriety test began, Witherspoon got out of the car, but then got back in when she was ordered to, the report said. After the "Walk the Line" star got out a second time, the trooper said he warned her that she would be arrested if she left the car again.

As the test continued, "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," Trooper First Class J. Pyland wrote.

Toth, 42, was then placed under arrest. He was charged with driving under the influence and failure to maintain the lane.

At that point, the report says, Witherspoon got out and asked the trooper what was going on. After being told to return to the car, she "stated that she was a 'US Citizen' and that she was allowed to 'stand on American ground,'" the report states.

The trooper then began to arrest Witherspoon. The report says Witherspoon was resistant at first but was calmed down by her husband.

Toth and Witherspoon were then taken to jail.



Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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IILTF
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April 23, 2013
If I lived their life but then had to come spend some time in Georgia, I would be drinking too.

Georgia Lesson A-#-1: Never admit to a traffic cop having had any alcohol drink at any time in your entire life. You have not had a drink because, flatly, you do not drink. Period. Your appearance is due to pollen and air pollution.

If you admit you had even one drink in the previous 8 hours, they CAN AND WILL arrest you for "less safe" operation of vehicle no matter what BAC you blow or refuse to blow.

Lesson #2: If you had any drink whatseover in the previous 48 hours, always refuse to blow. ALWAYS. Do not fool yourself into believing their little machine in the trunk is remotely accurate. The manufacturer does not warrant its performance. It says so right in the manual. How these cops get away with submitting these machines' printouts in court is beyond any reasonable legal understanding.

Lesson #3: MADD wants you to drive and get arrested for being drunk because they want your money. They are like those little parasitic fish that attach themselves to sharks. Without the shark, they are dead.
anonymous
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April 23, 2013
You give Reese a pass? A pass? A pass? Really? Who else constitutes for these passes you give for potentially killing people?
anonymous
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April 22, 2013
I will give Reese a pass on this one. Seriously. Let's lighten up on these celebrities...they have feelings just like the rest of us and at least she hasn't bashed America like so many other stars.
anonymous
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April 23, 2013
You give her a pass? What? What? Say that again? Seriously. Why in God's name would we give Reese a pass and not give everyone else a pass? Say what again? Lighten up on celebrities? What law and what reason gives celebrities the right to a pass for public drunk and DUI? If my child is killed by Reese Witherspoon's husband as opposed to Joe Blow's husband, how in the H does that make a difference to you? They do have feelings just like the rest of us and she would feel the same way the rest of us would feel if someone we love was killed by a drunken driver, which her husband undeniably was. Say that again? What if her husband had driven over the line and killed someone? Would you then give the same pass because she is a celebrity? That is what you said. Give her a pass. Do you give these same passes to every day Joe Citizen that gets arrested for DUI, or do you just give these passes of yours to celebrities? Say they kill somebody while drinking and driving, should as your post indicates they be given a pass because they haven't bashed America and they are celebrities? How do you entwine these two in your mind-if a celebrity has not bashed America and they are caught driving while intoxicated, we give them a pass because they haven't bashed America. Rethink your post. I think God has given Reese an opportunity to get down on her knees and thank God her own self, her own husband, and her own children have not been killed so far by DUI and that God has given her the perfect opportunity to be horrified at the potential outcome if they had not been stopped when they were. For all we know, Reese and hubby have serious alcohol issues and let them keep it at their own home and put their own lives and their own children's lives at risk if they do. I don't give anyone, reiterate, anyone, a pass for DUI.
WOW WOW WOW
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April 23, 2013
Qoute: "I will give Reese a pass on this one. Seriously. Let's lighten up on these celebrities...they have feelings just like the rest of us and at least she hasn't bashed America like so many other stars." My reply: Say someone you love or yourself was killed by this incident and it wasn't Reese and her husband that were killed, but yourself or someone you love. Do you still give this same pass out to lighten up because the person was a celebrity? Say someone you don't love, say anyone, was killed by this DUI? Do you still give this same pass out? If not, you are exactly contradicting what you said. You said that celebrities should not be held to the same alcohol standards the rest of us are, and that people that are not celebrities should be held accountable, but not Reese or her husband and we should give them a break and goes from there about not bashing America. I don't understand where your mind is coming from that there is this status quo as to who we should hold accountable for blowing above the legal alcohol limit and not everyone as a whole. I can see this legal defense to DUI: "This person said I shouldn't be held accountable because I don't bash America." I fail to see your correlation. Oh, my child is dead because of this person driving drunk, but we need to give them a break as opposed to ghetto joe/jane because they don't bash America? They bashed America when they got into a car driven by an intoxicated person. A bomb. A drunken driver is the equivalent of someone carrying a bomb. The luck of the draw is whether or not the bomb will go off and who it will affect. Reese and her husband carried a bomb and are fortunate they lived to tell about it as did others that met them on the road.
Anonymous 2
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April 23, 2013
Why would she deserve a pass ? Obviously, she thinks that because her name is Reese Witherspoon,

she is above the law. I think these so called stars should be expected to behave better than the average person, because they are in the public eye and should be setting good examples.

Being a star, she should be totally embarrassed

by the picture in the papers.
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