Reese Witherspoon pays fine for disorderly conduct

Georgia State Patrol released footage showing the arrest of Reese Witherspoon

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Oscar-winning actress Reese Witherspoon has pleaded no contest to a disorderly conduct charge and paid a $100 (£64) fine after her arrest last month.

She was detained while arguing with a policeman who was giving her talent agent husband a sobriety test in Atlanta, Georgia.

While berating the officer, Witherspoon said: "Do you know my name?"

Her spouse, Jim Toth, pleaded guilty to drunk driving and was fined $600 with 40 hours of community service.

Entertainment correspondents say the episode will have surprised fans of the actress, who has cultivated a squeaky clean image.

'False' pregnancy claim

A municipal court solicitor said in a statement on Friday the case had been resolved.

In a dashboard camera video of the arrest, Witherspoon can be seen accusing the police officer of harassment.

Reese Witherspoon and Jim Toth combination of police booking photos 22 April 2013 Reese Witherspoon (left) starred in films including Walk The Line and Legally Blonde

"You're about to find out who I am," the actress said in the clip, which was released by authorities on Friday.

Witherspoon conceded during an interview with ABC's Good Morning America on Thursday that she had said "all kinds of crazy things" during the exchange with the police, including falsely suggesting she was pregnant.

She said she had drunk "one too many" glasses of wine.

Witherspoon and her husband were reportedly pulled over after their car was spotted swerving across its lane.

Officers breathalysed Mr Toth - the driver - who was described in a police report as dishevelled and smelling of alcohol.

During the test, Witherspoon refused to heed the officer's request to stay in the car, saying she was a "US citizen" and had a right to "stand on American ground".

Witherspoon said during her ABC interview that the incident had taught her a lesson.

"When a police officer tells you to stay in the car, you stay in the car," she said. "I learned that for sure. I learned a lot."

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