"Do you know who I am?" It's the quote that has left celebrities cringing and police officers grinning with delight over the years. Reese Witherspoon is the latest Hollywood A-lister to use the immortal phrase (almost) before her arrest for DUI in Atlanta early on Friday morning (April 19, 2013). Cops told TMZ.com that they spotted Reese and husband Jim Toth's car, a silver Ford Fusion, weaving in and out of lanes, pulling them over shortly afterwards.
Much to the delight of the arresting officer, and the millions reading gossip blogs in the subsequent days, Reese pulled out the celebrity card. As officers dealt with Jim, Witherspoon asked one cop, "Do you know my name?" The officer answered by saying, "No, I don't need to know your name." The Oscar-winner came back with, "You're about to find out who I am. You are going to be on national news." Of course, it was Reese that ended up on the news, having been arrested and told to attend a court hearing in Atlanta on May 22, 2013.
The actress released a statement apologizing for her behaviour. "Out of respect for the ongoing legal situation, I cannot comment on everything that is being reported right now. But I do want to say I clearly had one drink too many and I am deeply embarrassed about the things I said," she said, adding, "It was definitely a scary situation and I was frightened for my husband, but that was no excuse. I was disrespectful to the officer who was just doing his job. The words I used that night definitely do not reflect who I am. I have nothing but respect for the police and I am very sorry for my behaviour."
During her husband's arrest, Reese allegedly began demonstrating visual and verbal frustration over how long the whole thing was taking. At one point, she got out of the car before an officer ordered her back inside. She got out for a second time and was arrested for disorderly conduct. Husband and wife were taken to jail, booked and released a short time later.
Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth Leaving Church in Santa Monica
As for Toth's arrest, an officer said his "eye lids were droopy" and his eyes were "blood shot and watery." He also smelled strongly of alcohol, according to a police report. As first reported by Variety, the officer stated that Toth told him he only had one drink, but a Breathalyzer said he blood alcohol level was .139.
Witherspoon's arrest is one of the more surprising celebrity busts in recent years, though plenty of other A-listers have found themselves on the wrong side of the law. In 2011, Oscar-winning actor Nicolas Cage was taken into custody after a public row with his wife Alice Kim. According to the New Orleans Parish Sheriff's Office, the 47-year-old actor was arrested after witnesses saw him arguing with Alice on the streets of New Orleans while heavily intoxicated.
Though Charlie Sheen has established himself as one of the LEAST surprising celebrities to get busted, he raised eyebrows in 2009 when arrested on suspicion of assaulting wife Brooke Mueller.
Both Chace Crawford [L] and Charlie Sheen [R] Are Other High Profile Celebrities To Be Arrested In Recent Years
One year later, Gossip Girl actor Chase Crawford was busted in a pub parking lot in Plano, Texas, after police discovered a couple of ounces of marijuana in the car he was in.
See, you're not alone Reese.