While in Atlanta filing the indie movie The Good Lie, Reese Witherspoon and her husband, CAA agent Jim Toth, were pulled over on suspicion of DUI. A police report states that the couple’s Ford Fusion was seen weaving in and out of the traffic lane. The official report states that Toth had red, droopy eyes and his breath smelled of alcohol. When Toth was given a sobriety test, Witherspoon hung out the window and questioned whether or not Trooper First Class J Pyland, the arresting officer, was actually a police officer.
Eventually Reese ignored the officer’s repeated requests that she stay in the car and in a moment of uncharacteristic rudeness asked, ‘Do you know my name?’ per the police report. Pyland replied that he didn’t need to know Witherspoon’s name, to which she responded: ‘You’re about to find out who I am’ and ‘You’re about to be on national news.’
Undeterred by the actress’s veiled threat, the officer booked Toth on suspicion of DUI and Witherspoon for disorderly conduct. They were released several hours later, around 3:30 am Friday morning, and were scheduled to report to court Monday at 8 am, which will likely be postponed due to Witherspoon’s prior commitments to appear on the red carpet for her new film, Mud.
Late Sunday evening Witherspoon released an apologetic statement, which said that she is “deeply embarrassed” about her response to her husband’s arrest. She admitted that she “clearly had one drink too many.” The actress refused to comment further out of “respect for the case.”
Witherspoon did attend the Mud premiere in New York City with costar Matthew McConaughey and director Jeff Nichols, but avoided discussing the arrest by posing for pictures but not stopping to talk to reporters.