Of all the celebrities I anticipated seeing arrested this week, Reese Witherspoon was admittedly not one of them. Frequently deemed ‘America’s Sweetheart’ given her rather adorable role choices, stereotypical “girl next door” look and bubbly onscreen personality, it comes as a bit of a shock that both Witherspoon and husband Jim Toth were arrested on Friday night.
While driving down Peachtree Road in Georgia early Friday morning, the pair were pulled over by a state trooper for suspicion of drunk driving. When the officer gave him a breathalyzer test — in which Toth blew a 0.139, significantly above the legal limit of 0.08, he was placed under arrest for driving under the influence and failure to maintain the lane. Witherspoon reportedly became angry regarding the treatment of her husband.
“Mrs. Witherspoon began to hang out the window and say that she did not believe that I was a real police officer,” Trooper First Class J. Pyland wrote in his report. “I told Mrs. Witherspoon to sit on her butt and be quiet.”
Then, Witherspoon got out of the car, leading to the trooper insisting she get back into the vehicle. After she got out a second time and refused to get back in, Pyland handcuffed her for having the best signature move ever.
No, I’m just kidding, she was arrested for disorderly conduct, a municipal ordinance. Witherspoon’s subsequent alleged statements toward the Pyland were increasingly irate.
“Do you know my name?” she reportedly asked Pyland in a voice I desperately hope mimicked Elle Woods’, to which he replied, “No, I don’t need to know your name.”
“You’re about to find out who I am,” she retorted — an accurate statement, considering the majority of arresting officers presumably find out whom they are arresting at some point. But, uh, I have a feeling she just meant that she was really, really important and that acting like an idiot was a solid idea because she’s a celebrity, fulfilling the age-old (well, tabloid-old) stereotype that famous people are entitled brats. Cool!
Both were brought to jail, booked and released soon after. Despite the arrest, Witherspoon still attended the premiere for her new film Mud tonight in NYC, though she looked slightly, uhm, displeased to be there.
Just as a review, in the event you are ever confronted with the possibility of being arrested, here are things you can learn from Reese Witherspoon:
- Do not get into a car with somebody who’s drunk.
- Do not yell at police officers if they are arresting your drunk friend, partner, acquaintance, cat, whatever — chances are, no matter who they are, they should not be driving with a BAC of .139.
- Do not assume police officers care who you are. They do not. You will only come off like a narcissistic idiot.
- No, really, do not ever say, “Do you know who I am?”
- A center part for mugshots is actually pretty snazzy.
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