Former Chiefs coach Britt Reid pleads not guilty to felony DWI, can resume driving with restrictions
Former Chiefs assistant linebacker coach Britt Reid on Monday pleaded not guilty to felony DWI in relation to a Feb. 4 car crash where he struck a stalled roadside vehicle near the Chiefs’ facility. The crash injured two children, including 5-year-old Ariel Young, who suffered brain injuries as a result.
Per a report from the Associated Press, the judge in Reid’s case also changed the circumstances of his bond, allowing the son of Chiefs head coach Andy Reid to resume driving with restrictions. His car will now be fitted with an interlock device that requires Reid to pass a breathalyzer test before the vehicle can start.
Reid reportedly was driving 84 mph shortly before the collision, and had a blood alcohol level of 0.113 two hours after the crash (the legal driving limit is .08). He admitted to police on the scene that he had had two or three drinks and prescription Adderall at the time of the crash, but was not arrested at the site.
If convicted, he could face seven years in prison.
MORE: Ariel Young, child injured in crash, has brain injury
Reid was removed from the Chiefs’ organization on Feb. 10; he was reportedly placed on leave by the organization, during which time his contract with Kansas City expired. He received the felony DWI charge on April 12.
Ariel awoke from a crash-related coma on Feb. 16, 12 days after Reid’s vehicle struck her car. Young family attorney Tom Porto on March 2 said she likely has permanent brain damage.
“She likely has permanent brain damage that she will endure for the rest of her life,” Porto said. “She’s not walking — it’s a sad, sad, sad story. … We’re going to be advocating for the most serious charges and the most serious sentence that Britt could ever receive.”
Reid’s next hearing will be a pretrial conference on July 22. No trial date has been set.
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