Reese Witherspoon’s Arrest Reminds Paul of His Disorderly Conduct Ticket [VIDEOS]
Sometimes, we have to learn the hard way. If you’re like me…and Reese Witherspoon, the hard way means a ticket to the tune of a couple hundred bucks.
Yes, we are Americans. Yes, we have rights. But no, that doesn’t mean that we can be in charge of a traffic stop or other police involved circumstance.
For their safety, and for order, when the cops have us pulled over or are dealing with a situation, they are in charge. If we don’t listen to what they say therefore impeding their ability to protect and serve, they can cite and/or arrest us. It’s usually ‘disorderly conduct’ or ‘obstruction’.
I learned this the hard way in the 90′s at Penn State when I was calling a cop who was handing out underage drinking citations names. He told me to stop. I didn’t. He handed me a ticket for $250. I fought it in court. I lost.
Even though all Reese Witherspoon wanted to do was ask a question, she still is required to follow the instructions of the police officer on the scene. No big deal, and she attempted to be respectful. Or at least I thought so. You can make your own judgements, because the dash cam tape is here!
TMZ got access to the video that shows Toth being dealt with, Reese interjecting, and the (sorta overzealous) cop leading her away with arms behind her back.
Reese, admittedly drunk, would not stop pestering the officer with statements like “I’m an American citizen!” and “I’m allowed to stand on American ground!”
After the cop got fed up, Reese made a point to repeat everything he said back to him in the form of a question. Police love that.
Here are some highlights:
Reese: “Do you know my name sir?”
Officer: “Don’t need to know.”
Reese “You don’t need to know my name?”
Officer: “Not quite yet.”
Reese: “You’re about to find out who I am!”
Reese: “I have done nothing against the law.”
Officer: “Yes you did, you didn’t obey my orders.”
Reese: “I have to obey your orders?”
Reese: “I’m being anti-American?”
Officer: “Yes, please sit down.”
Reese: “I’m now being arrested and handcuffed?!?”
And after being told she was being taken in for obstructing justice: “I’m obstructing your justice?”
She also, in a state of panic, told the officer she was pregnant — which she isn’t — and that she had to pee — which she probably did. We’re also kind of loving her repeated use of the phrase, “This is beyond!” (It’s like everything “fetch” wanted to be, and more.)
“I am so sorry, and I was so disrespectful to [the arresting officer], and I have police officers in my family. I work with police officers every day,” Reese said earlier today (May 2) on ‘Good Morning America.’ “I know better, and it’s just unacceptable.”
Also today, Reese pled no contest to disorderly conduct and paid a $213 fine. She wasn’t required to be present, so she let her attorney earn his keep and enter the plea on her behalf.
Her husband Jim did appear in person to answer his DUI charge, pleading guilty and accepting his punishment: 40 hours of community service, 12 months of probation, and a mandatory alcohol education program.