Sometimes it's good to stand by your man. Other times you just come off like a giant jerk. And it looks like Reese Witherspoon just learned that lesson the hard way. The actress was arrested along with husband (and agent) Jim Toth on Friday when cops say she got mouthy during a DUI stop.
To be clear, it was Toth who is accused of having a few too many before getting behind the wheel. He was pulled over by a cop who spotted him weaving in his Ford Focus. And that's when officers say Reese pulled the notorious, "do you know who I am?" line.
Er ... Reese does realize her husband was being accused of drunk driving, doesn't she? This is not some parking ticket she was protesting. If Toth was inebriated, he could have killed someone, including her!
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The Atlanta police department was quite literally protecting Reese's life here. The least should could have done was be quiet and cooperative, if not flat out pissed at her husband for doing something so irresponsible.
There's no word on whether Reese herself had been drinking, although it would go a long, long way in explaining why she would have acted so full of herself in front of the cop. She has been charged with disorderly conduct after allegedly exiting their vehicle despite having been told by an officer to remain seated inside during Toth's sobriety test. According to the police report, she also asked:
Do you know my name? ... You’re about to find out who I am.
I can tell you from talking to a fair amount of cops who HAVE ticketed celebrities over the years: it's pretty much the worst thing Reese could have said. Nothing makes an officer more annoyed than someone who is trying to act like they're above obeying the law.
And nothing is more upsetting to average Americans than someone treating drunk driven like it's no big deal. Reese wasn't drinking and driving herself, but her attitude about this whole thing is not going to help her career. Supportive wife or not, this was one time she should have kept her mouth SHUT!
What do you make of Reese getting mad at the cops for arresting her husband? Does this tarnish her image?
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