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Reese Witherspoon's arrest: Police report text

April 23, 2013|By John Horn

If Reese Witherspoon is going to fight charges for disorderly conduct, the police report from her and her husband’s arrest could suggest a defense strategy: That the “Legally Blonde” actress is a U.S. citizen and thus allowed to “stand on American ground.”

Witherspoon was taken into custody along with her husband, agent Jim Toth, early Friday in Atlanta. Toth was arrested on suspicion of DUI after reportedly driving in the wrong lane and then failing a field sobriety and breath test. Witherspoon got out of the car, despite a law enforcement officer's instruction to remain in the passenger seat, which led to her arrest.

She and Toth are due in court next month.

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Here is what has posted as the narrative portion of the arrest report, which the website attributes to the Georgia Department of Public Safety, written by Officer J. Pyland:

On April 19, 2013 at approximately 0040 hours, I was patrolling north on Peachtree Road. I observed a silver Ford Fusion fail to maintain its lane while it traveled in the left lane.

The Fusion traveled on the white dashed line that separated the left and center lanes with its passenger's side. I followed behind the Fusion in the left lane. The Fusion traveled over the dashed line on the right side again. As we negotiated a left curve, the Fusion traveled on top of the double yellow line that separated the northbound and southbound lanes with its driver's side tires. As we continued to travel northbound, the Fusion's left turn signal blinked on then off.

The Fusion traveled on the double yellow line again. As we negotiated a sharp right curve the Fusion crossed into the center and straddled the solid white that separated the left and center lanes. The fusion crossed the double yellow line again with its driver's side tires. I initiated a traffic stop. The Fusion pulled to the right into the driveway to the Walgreen's.

The Fusion was partially in the northbound right lane of Peachtree Road. I approached the driver, Mr. James Joseph Toth, and told him that I needed to see his license. Mr. Toth handed me his license and I explained the reason for the stop. As I explained the reason for the stop, I observed that Mr. Toth's eye lids were droopy. Mr. Toth's eyes were bloodshot and watery. I smelled the strong odor of an alcoholic beverage coming from Mr. Toth's breath.

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I asked Mr. Toth how much he had to drink. Mr. Toth stated a drink. When asked where he had his drinks, Mr. Toth looked at the passenger, Mrs. Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon, and she began to answer. Mrs. Witherspoon stated that he had his drink at a restaurant. Mrs. Witherspoon stated that the drink was consumed two hours prior to the incident. I asked Mr. Toth if he would perform field sobriety. Mr. Toth gave verbal consent.

I had Mr. Toth back his car into the driveway of the Walgreens to get it out of the roadway. Mr. Toth was medically qualified for field sobriety. Mr. Toth performed all field sobriety asked of him. Just before Walk and Turn, Mr. Toth stated that he had a problem with his left leg. I asked Mr. Toth if it would prevent him from continuing and he stated that it would not. I asked Mr. Toth if he wanted to continue with the tests. Mr. Toth stated that he did. Before we began field sobriety, Mrs. Witherspoon got out of the vehicle. I told Mrs. Witherspoon to stay in the vehicle and she sat back in the vehicle.

I observed that Mr. Toth was chewing on something and asked if him if it was gum. Mr. Toth stated that it was a mint. As I performed HGN on Mr. Toth, Mrs. Witherspoon got back out of the vehicle. I had to tell Mrs. Witherspoon several times to get back into the vehicle before she did so. I told Mrs. Witherspoon that I would arrest her the next time she got out of the vehicle. I finished HGN with Mr. Toth. I went and explained to Mrs. Witherspoon the reason why I wanted her to stay in the vehicle. The reason was for my safety. Mrs. Witherspoon stated, "Yes sir." I went back to Mr. Toth and continued field sobriety.

During the rest of field sobriety, I observed that Mr. Toth had a hard time listening to and following my directions. Mr. Toth wanted to finish the rest of the tests on the sidewalk next to the Walgreen's building.

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After I had administered the PBT, Mrs. Witherspoon began to hang out the window and say that she did not believe that I was a real police officer. I told Mrs. Witherspoon to sit on her butt and be quiet. I placed Mr. Toth under arrest for DUI. When asked his age, Mr. Toth stated that he was 42 years old. I had Mr. Toth sit on my push bumper. Mrs. Witherspoon got out of the vehicle and walked up to me and Mr. Toth. I asked, 'What had I already told you? Mrs. Witherspoon asked what was going on.

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