A contrite and humbled Reese Witherspoon – mom to Ava, 13, Deacon, 9, and Tennessee, 6 months – addressed her DUI drama during a Wednesday appearance on Good Morning America, calling it “one of those nights.”
“We went out to a restaurant in Atlanta, and we had one too many glasses of wine,” the Academy Award-winner, 37, admitted, referring to herself and her husband Jim Toth.
Reese’s new hubby was charged with DUI, and she with disorderly conduct.
“We thought we were fine to drive,” she said, “and we were absolutely not, and we are so sorry and just so embarrassed. We know better and we shouldn’t have done that.”
Admitting to “poor judgment” for not calling a cab, Reese added, “We made a mistake, and it was something that will absolutely never happen again.”
The police report stated that the actress did not follow the officer’s orders, and proceeded to use abusive language.
“I was so disrespectful to him,” Reese said. “I have police officers in my family. I work with police officers every day. I know better. It’s just unacceptable.” She added, “I played a lawyer in a movie so many times I think I am a lawyer. And clearly I’m not a lawyer, because I got arrested.”
“I have no idea what I was saying,” she shared. “That night I saw him arresting my husband, and I panicked. I said all kinds of crazy things. I said I was pregnant. I’m not pregnant. I said crazy things. I had no idea what I was talking about.”
But telling Ava and Deacon has been “the hardest part about it,” she admitted. “When you make a mistake, you take responsibility, and we are taking responsibility, and we are doing everything within our power to make it right.”
One of the biggest lessons learned? “When a police officer tells you to stay in a car, you stay in a car,” she shared.