Britt Reid, son of Kansas City head coach Andy Reid, faces up to seven years in prison if found guilty of being responsible for a crash that injured left one child with a traumatic brain injury
The Reid family has been through tough times over the course of Andy Reid’s coaching career, like the accidental overdose of his son Garrett back in 2012, but their current problems lie in former Chiefs assistant linebackers coach Britt Reid as he went before a judge on Monday and pleaded not guilty to the DWI charges brought against him back in April.
The charges stemmed from a car crash that Reid was allegedly responsible for on the night of February 4th, just a few days before he was set to be on the sideline of Super Bowl 55 with his father and the rest of the Chiefs.
The crash caused a severe brain injury to a five-year-old girl who was in her father’s stalled car on the side of the Interstate 435 after another family member came to their aid with their vehicle also parked on the side ramp, she spent 11 days in a coma before her parents said she had awakened.
Reid’s Dodge Ram was allegedly traveling around 84 MPH right before striking both cars and sending two children to the hospital, 5-year-old Ariel and her four-year-old, who were not as critically injured. After police arrived at the scene, they stated that Reid’s eyes were bloodshot red and they could smell alcohol on his breath.
A post-accident blood alcohol test revealed that Reid had a blood alcohol concentration level of 0.113 (the legal limit is 0.08) which he stated came from “two or three drinks”. Afterward, the Chiefs placed him on administrative leave and allowed his contract to expire, ending his tenure with Kansas City.
Now, after Monday’s hearing, Reid can drive again but must do so with a court-appointed ignition interlock breathalyzer, a common tool that people accused of DWI’s or DUI’s must blow into if they want their car to start.
“We wish there had been an ignition interlock device installed in his car on February 4, 2021, so this event would never have happened…It’s too late now,” Tom Porto, the attorney representing the Young family, told reporters after court Monday.
Reid’s next hearing will be a pre-trial conference on July 22, and no trial date has been set yet, but if convicted of a Class D felony, Reid could serve up to seven years in prison.