Kansas City, in the state of Missouri – Britt Reid, a former assistant coach for the Kansas City Chiefs, entered a guilty plea on Monday to a charge of felony driving while intoxicated that resulted in serious physical injury. The charge stems from a crash that occurred in 2021, in which his pickup truck collided with two stopped cars on an interstate entrance ramp, seriously injuring a young girl who was only 5 years old.
The court date for Reid, who is now 37 years old and the son of Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, was originally set for September 26. Britt Reid was looking at a possible jail sentence of up to seven years; however, as a result of the plea deal, that penalty has been reduced to a possible prison sentence of up to four years. In Jackson County Circuit Court, which is located in Kansas City, he entered his plea. The date of sentencing has been fixed on October 28.
Circuit Judge Charles McKenzie, while questioning Reid to confirm that he understood the plea deal, stated that Reid could also be sentenced to a short period of time in prison and then be placed on probation if he qualifies for good behavior. McKenzie said this while questioning Reid to confirm that he understood the plea deal.
According to the findings of the investigation, Reid was under the influence of alcohol and traveling at a speed of approximately 84 miles per hour when he crashed his Dodge truck into the cars that were parked on the entrance ramp to Interstate 435 on February 4, 2021, not far from Arrowhead Stadium. According to the reports of the police, Reid’s blood alcohol concentration was 0.113 at the time of the accident, which is higher than the permissible limit of 0.08 in the state of Missouri.
The collision resulted in the injuries of six people, including Reid. A young lady named Ariel Young, who was a passenger in one of the vehicles, sustained serious head damage as a result of the accident. Prosecutors stated, with reference to the child’s medical documents, that Young’s damage consisted of “a parietal fracture, brain contusions, and subdural hematomas” last year. Young was 5 years old at the time. Earlier, a lawyer for the family stated that she would “likely” suffer lifelong brain damage as a result of the incident.
On Monday, Reid admitted to the judge in court that he had been drinking on the night of the accident.
“I truly feel terrible about what I’ve done,” Reid remarked. “I made a terrible mistake. Please accept my sincere apologies. I apologize to anyone I may have offended.”
According to the office of the prosecutor in Jackson County, Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Brady Twenter, who is representing the state in this case, admitted on Monday that the defense would most likely seek a sentence that is less than the four years of incarceration that was suggested. According to the statement released by the office, the judge will take into consideration Twenter’s suggestion of a maximum sentence of four years prior to the sentencing session scheduled for October.
Tom Porto, an attorney who represents Ariel’s family, stated that they were against the plea deal being offered.
“The five victims of this crime are upset that the prosecution attorney is not pursuing the maximum term authorized by law,” said Porto. “The prosecuting attorney should be seeking the maximum sentence.” “The defendant is a repeat criminal whose activities resulted in the hospitalization of three other people, including a 5-year-old girl who is currently in a coma.”
According to the court filings, a Kansas City police officer who arrived at the scene of the crash noted that he could smell alcohol and that Reid’s eyes were bloodshot. The officer also stated that Reid appeared to be under the influence of something. Two hours after the collision, Reid’s blood-alcohol level was 0.113, according to the police report.
The battery in one of the automobiles he hit had died, and the other vehicle belonged to Ariel’s mother, who had come to offer assistance. Both vehicles had been disabled as a result of the collision.
In November, the Chiefs and Ariel’s family came to a private arrangement for the Chiefs to pay for her ongoing medical treatment as well as any other bills that may arise.
After the collision, Reid needed immediate medical attention for an injury to his groin and had surgery. Reid was placed on administrative leave by the Chiefs, and his position with the team was terminated after his contract was allowed to expire without being renewed.
Reid has a history of legal problems, and in 2009, following a string of run-ins with the law, he completed a drug treatment program in Pennsylvania. This is not the first time he has been in trouble with the law. At the time, his father held the position of head coach for the Philadelphia Eagles.
Following his arrest for drug-related offenses, Britt Reid’s older brother, Garrett, was required to participate in a state-run drug rehabilitation program in Pennsylvania for a period of two years. At the time of his death in August 2012, Garrett Reid was working as an assistant coach for the Philadelphia Eagles at Lehigh University, where he also had a dorm room. It was determined by the coroner that he died from an accidental overdose of heroin.