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Reese Witherspoon "panicked" at arrest, claimed pregnancy


UPI News Service, 05/02/2013 

Reese Witherspoon says she was so alarmed when an Atlanta police officer pulled over her husband for alleged drunken driving that she said she was pregnant.

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"I saw him arresting my husband and I literally panicked," Witherspoon told ABC's "Good Morning America" Thursday. "I told him I was pregnant. I'm not pregnant. I said all kinds of crazy things."

Witherspoon, 37, and show business agent husband Jim Toth were pulled over April 19 after police said the car he was driving weaved across a double line on Atlanta's Peachtree Street.

Toth was found to have a blood alcohol level of 0.139 and was arrested and charged with driving under the influence and failure to maintain a lane.

Witherspoon was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct after she disobeyed instructions from the arresting officer to remain in the vehicle and argued with him, allegedly saying she did not believe he was a real police officer and asking if he knew who she was.

"I was so disrespectful to him," Witherspoon told the program. "I have police officers in my family. I work with police officers every day. I know better. It's just unacceptable."

She said she and Toth had gone out to dinner and "had one too many glasses of wine."

"We thought we were fine to drive and we absolutely were not," she said. "We know better and we shouldn't have done that."

She said she and Toth "are so sorry and embarrassed" and said something like this "will absolutely never happen again."

Witherspoon has been ordered to appear in court May 22 and Toth to face a judge the following day.

The couple were married in March 2011 after a year of dating. They have a son, Tennessee James Toth. She has two other children -- daughter Ava, 13, and son Deacon, 9 -- from her marriage to actor Ryan Philippe.

The actress, now starring in the movie "Mud," is in Atlanta filming the drama "The Good Lie" with co-stars Corey Stoll and Sarah Baker.


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