Proving that one mistake does not ruin a career, Reese Witherspoon handled her recent brush with the law with grace and aplomb on Thursday.
On April 19, Witherspoon’s talent agent husband Jim Toth was pulled over under suspicion of driving while intoxicated, and Witherspoon was arrested for disobeying the officer’s orders to stay in the vehicle, according to the police report. They were both taken to jail and released on bond around 3:30 a.m.
Witherspoon has plead no contest to the charge of obstruction of a person, while Toth plead guilty to first offense DUI. The actress was not present in court for the proceedings, and her lawyer Bruce Morris entered the plea, E! News reports. She will pay a total fine of $313 including court costs. Her husband, however, was in the courtroom on Thursday and – while not facing jail time – must perform 40 hours of community service, attend an alcohol education program and a Mothers Against Drunk Driving class, pay a fine, and has been placed on probation for 12 months.
“I have no idea what I was saying that night. I saw him arresting my husband and I literally panicked,” Witherspoon admitted on Good Morning America on Thursday. “I said all kinds of crazy things. I told him I was pregnant. I’m not pregnant!” The actress may not have been behaving out of the ordinary, but her apologies and handling of the situation after the fact were mature and sincere.
Watch the video of Witherspoon’s arrest below:
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