TODAY   |  April 22, 2013

Reese Witherspoon arrested in Atlanta

The actress and her husband, James Toth, were taken into custody in Atlanta. After being pulled over for a traffic violation, Toth failed a sobriety test and Witherspoon refused police orders to stay in the car. E!’s Jason Kennedy reports.

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>>> we are hearing from oscar winner reese witherspoon this morning concerning her disorderly conduct arrest. it happened in atlanta during a dui stop for her husband. jason kennedy is here with details on this. good morning to you.

>> you said this is indeed a surprise. the arrest happened early friday morning after the two were pulled over for a traffic violation . at that point, according to law enforcement officials, things began to get heated. with a reputation as one of hollywood's most endearing actresses, reese witherspoon is used to seeing her photos in the papers. although perhaps not like this. these are the mug shots taken of the actress and her husband, hollywood agent james toth , after their arrest friday morning. according to an incident report , the two were pulled over after their vehicle was observed weaving in and out of traffic lanes. after performing a field sobriety test on toth who was driving, a trooper placed him under arrest. witherspoon refused orders to wait in the car, telling the trooper she was a u.s. citizen and that she was allowed to stand on american ground. while being placed in handcuffs, witherspoon was described as resistant. the report cites witherspoon saying to the trooper, "you're about to find out who i am, and you're going to be on national news." toth was charged with dui and failure to stay in the lane, while witherspoon was charged with disorderly conduct . in a written statement, witherspoon said i clearly had one drink too many and i am deeply embarrassed about the things i said. i was disrespectful to the officer who was just doing his job. i have nothing but respect for the police and i'm very sorry for my behavior.

>> reese witherspoon is an actress who has been known as something of america's sweetheart. i think that something like this does tarnish her reputation, and it could hurt her in her career.

>> the actress shot to claim after the success of movies like "legally blonde" and has gone on to star in a string of films like " sweet home alabama ." in 2005 , she won an academy award for her role as june carter cash in " walk the line ."

>> baby, baby, baby, baby.

>> in the past, reese has tried to be a role model, saying at the 2011 mtv movie awards --

>> for all the girls out there, it's possible to be a good girl. i'm going to try to make it cool.

>> but this morning, that might not be the message reaching her many fans. reese walked the red carpet for a movie premiere here in new york city last night, but she did not discuss the incident. she didn't even do interviews. in her statement, she also said it was a scary situation and she was frightened for her husband, but she added that is still no excuse, matt.

>> but she came right out and owned it, which i think helps her a little bit. jason, thank you very