Arrest video of Reese Witherspoon, husband released

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    UNDATED (CNN) -- New police dashboard video is out showing Reese Witherspoon's recent arrest. Even so, the actress is trying to move past the incident.

    Witherspoon pleaded no contest and paid a fine Thursday, for allegedly interfering with the arrest of her husband on a drunk driving charge. And she offered the world a giant mea culpa.

    Hollywood golden girl Reese Witherspoon is accustomed to the spotlight, but since her disorderly conduct arrest last month she's dodged public appearances. She says on Good Morning America, "All I can say is I was just panicked."

    that is until her very public apology on "Good Morning America" Thursday. She says, "It's one of those nights. We went out to dinner in Atlanta. We had one too many glasses of wine. We thought we were fine to drive and we absolutely were not. It's completely unacceptable and we are so sorry and embarrassed and we know better."

    Witherspoon's contrite appearance came just hours before police dashboard video showing her contentious arrest was posted by the web site TMZ.

    Witherspoon's husband, Jim Toth, who is shown being arrested for driving under the influence, tries to quiet her without success.

    Seemingly unable to deter the officer from taking her into custody, Witherspoon takes a different line of approach, asking the officer if he knew who she was.

    Perhaps that's what Witherspoon meant by embarrassing. Her explanation is, "I have no idea what I was saying that night. I saw him arresting my husband and I literally panicked. And I said all kinds of crazy things. "

    Adding, "I was so disrespectful to him. I have police officers in my family. I work with police officers every day. I know better. And it's just unacceptable."

    When asked about what she learned from the incident, Witherspoon wrapped up her damage control interview with a touch of humor. She says, "When a police officer tells you to stay in the car, you stay in the car. I learned that for sure."

    Jim Toth pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. He's been placed on a12-month probation.

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