Reese Witherspoon and her husband Jim Toth (co-head of motion picture talent at CAA) were pulled over in a Ford Focus (!?) on Friday at midnight in Atlanta. Toth was weaving between lanes; turns out he was drunk driving. Witherspoon was annoyed, and then angry, and finally started throwing her name around. The unimpressed officer responded by arresting her, as well.
“Mrs. Witherspoon began to hang out the window and say that she did not believe that I was a real police officer,” according to the police report. “I told Mrs. Witherspoon to sit on her butt and be quiet.”
The arrests went down in Atlanta early Friday morning. Cops say they spotted Reese and her husband Jim Toth's car weaving in and out of lanes, so they pulled them over.
As officers dealt with Jim, 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."
During Jim's arrest, Reese allegedly became ornery, demonstrating visual and verbal frustration over how long it was taking to arrest her husband. At one point, she got out of her car and the officer ordered her back inside. When she got out a second time, he arrested her for disorderly conduct, a municipal ordinance.
They were both taken to jail, booked, and released a short time later.
So what's up? Do we already forgive Witherspoon because she's America's Sweetheart and doesn't Lohan get a DUI an hour so really — what's a Friday night in Atlanta? Or is it especially juicy because she IS America's Sweetheart, and it's super fun to watch her fall on her ass and act like a shitty entitled brat?
The one thing that really sucks is that Toth was driving drunk — which is a very, very dangerous and stupid thing to do. These are two very wealthy grown-ass adults with all the means and skills to call a fucking cab.
Toth's blood alcohol level was .139 — that's about 4-5 drinks consumed in an hour for a 160 pound man. If they both thought it was okay for him to drive after consuming that much that fast — and to continue driving when he was weaving between lanes — that's bothersome from a "being a rational adult" perspective. But I guess it's possible this might be a dependence or addiction issue, and if that's the case, here's hoping they both get some help.
Paging Elle Woods?
Update: Annnd here's her mug shot:
[Image via AP and Getty Images]