Witherspoon's husband feels awful after drunk driving dustup

In the early morning hours last Friday, Oscar-winning actress Reese Witherspoon's husband and agent was pulled over in Atlanta on suspicion of drunk driving. What happened during that DWI arrest has gotten both the actress and her husband a great deal of media attention.

Celebrities being arrested for DWI is nothing new, although it wasn't Witherspoon but her husband who is accused of driving drunk. According to police reports, however, not only did her husband's Breathalyzer test allegedly come in at .139, but Witherspoon allegedly interfered with the arresting officer and now faces a disorderly conduct charge of her own. Both were jailed briefly and released.

Whenever people are arrested for drunk driving, it can have serious consequences to their reputations and careers and, for professional drivers and certain other people, DWI convictions can end careers. While Witherspoon's husband is a talent agent and won't be barred from his job should he be convicted, the arrest itself has already publicly raised questions about his good judgment -- and hers.

"Jim has always been a big social drinker," an unnamed source told People magazine. "A lot of his job is being social. He's out to lunch or dinner almost every day of the week, schmoozing clients and taking business meetings."

"It's embarrassing for him. He'll have to explain himself to his bosses," said a second unidentified source.

Both he and Witherspoon have apologized for the events of that night to the extent possible when being prosecuted. Most of all, the husband regrets bringing such public embarrassment down on his wife, the sources said. The couple, who have a son, are reportedly thinking carefully about how they could salvage the situation.

"No one would be surprised," added a third source, "if [he] goes to rehab."

The pair will apparently be given hearings on the same day, and are currently scheduled for May 22 in Atlanta.

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