Former Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach Britt Reid pleaded guilty Monday to one felony charge of driving while intoxicated resulting in serious bodily injury stemming from a 2021 accident that occurred when his truck collided with two stopped cars in an interstate entrance ramp and seriously injured a five-year-old boy. girl
Reid, the 37-year-old son of Chiefs coach Andy Reid, was scheduled to go on trial Sept. 26. He had faced up to seven years in prison, but the plea deal means he now faces a possible sentence ranging from probation to four years in prison. He entered the guilty plea on him in the Jackson County Circuit Court in Kansas City. Sentencing is set for October 28.
Investigators said Britt Reid was intoxicated and driving about 84 mph when her Dodge truck hit the cars on Feb. 4, 2021. A girl inside one of the cars, Ariel Young, suffered a traumatic brain injury. Six people, including Reid, were injured in the crash.
In court Monday, Reid acknowledged that he was drinking the night of the accident. “I really regret what I did,” Reid said. “I made a huge mistake. I apologize to the family. I didn’t mean to hurt anyone.”
Tom Pardo, an attorney representing Ariel’s family, said they opposed the plea deal.
“The five victims of this crime are outraged,” Pardo said. “The prosecutor is not seeking the maximum sentence allowed by law. The defendant is a former offender whose actions caused a five-year-old girl to be placed in a coma and seriously injured three others.”
A Kansas City police officer who arrived at the crash site reported that he could smell alcohol and that Reid’s eyes were bloodshot, according to court documents. Reid had a blood alcohol level of 0.113 two hours after the crash, police said. The legal limit is 0.08.
One of the vehicles he hit had stalled due to a dead battery and the second was owned by Ariel’s mother, who had come to help.
The Chiefs reached a confidential settlement with Ariel’s family in November to pay for his ongoing medical treatment and other expenses.
Reid underwent emergency surgery for a groin injury after the accident. The Chiefs placed Reid on administrative leave and his work with the team ended after he allowed his contract to expire.
This is not the first legal trouble for Reid, who graduated from a Pennsylvania drug treatment program in 2009 after a series of run-ins with police. His father was a coach for the Philadelphia Eagles at the time.
Britt Reid’s older brother, Garrett, served a two-year sentence in a Pennsylvania state drug program after being arrested on drug-related charges. Garrett Reid was found dead in August 2012 in his Lehigh University dorm, where he was attending Eagles training camp. A coroner ruled that he died of an accidental heroin overdose.