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I, much like most of the rest of the world, was pretty surprised when I woke up last week to learn that had been slapped in cuffs and hauled off to jail with her hubby, Jim Toth. My first thought was, "What, did she get a little too perky with someone?"

But as it turns out, sigh, the duo was arrested for DUI. Well, Toth was. Witherspoon was arrested for disorderly conduct after yelling at the cops. Not the couple's finest hour.

And now the full video has been released. I don't know what emotion is stronger when watching these video: Feeling bad for the arresting officer at having to put up with her or wanting to facepalm at her repeated, "I'm an AMERICAN CITIZEN" card, which she apparently thinks is carte blanche to do whatever she wants.

But first, here's the aftermath of that, when Reese talks to the second officer post-arrest and seems to think she can catch him in a loophole:


At this point, even her husband, Toth, is exasperated with her, as well as embarrassed. He is clearly wasted, and he somehow still comes out looking like the far more rational and reasonable of the two.


And here's the video of the actual arrest.

I kind of love the arresting officer by the end of this. He is full on, no-f**ks-given about the fact she's famous or that she's threatening to have the incident splashed about on "national news". He is just so hilariously over it by the end of the arrest. I think it really sums up the officer's complete exasperation when he asks her, "WHY, in God's holy name, did you get up out of there?"


Now, I'm all for people questioning authority and standing up for themselves when it needs to happen. But your husband getting (rightfully) arrested for being behind the wheel of a car and driving drunk, and then you proceeding to endanger the officer repeatedly because of it is not that officer "obstructing justice". See, kids, this is what happens when someone reads half a Wiki article on arrest procedure and thinks they know the law inside and out.

She says it best: "I'm an American citizen, and I'm allowed to do whatever I want to do."

Uh, actually, You're not.


This is why we can't have nice things, you guys. This is why.


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