An Atlanta police officer early Friday morning, observed a motorist failing to stay in his lane and pulled the man over. The officer suspected the driver was driving while impaired and administered a field sobriety test. While administering the sobriety test to the driver, the driver’s passenger, his wife, leaned out of the car’s window and verbally harassed the officer. The verbal harassment continued, even though the officer told the woman to sit down, stay in the car and be quiet. The woman refused, and eventually, found herself handcuffed and placed in the back seat of his patrol car facing charges of disorderly conduct.
The driver, James Toth, was arrested and now faces one DUI charge and another charge for failing to maintain his lane. His wife, Reese Witherspoon, faces a charge of disorderly conduct for her actions.
Witherspoon, an Oscar winning actress, and her husband, CAA agent, James Toth, spent just a short time in jail before being released.
Witherspoon, who was in the Atlanta area filming “The Good Lie,” according to todayentertainment.today.com, was “deeply embarrassed” by the incident, and said she “clearly had one drink too many.”
Officer J. Pyland noted in his report that Witherspoon asked, “Do you know my name? You’re about to find out who I am. You are going to be on national news.”
Witherspoon released a statement saying, “Out of respect for the ongoing legal situation, I cannot comment on everything that is being reported right now. But I do want to say, I clearly had one drink too many and I am deeply embarrassed about the things I said … I was disrespectful to the officer who was just doing his job … I have nothing but respect for the police and I’m sorry for my behavior.”
No matter who you are or what your circumstances in life may be, an arrest for a DUI can be a frightening, at times embarrassing and confusing experience. If you have been charged with a DUI, contact an experienced Birmingham criminal defense attorney to discuss your options and protect your rights.