Ex-Kansas City Chiefs coach who drove drunk sentenced to 3 years in prison

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) – Former Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach Britt Reid was sentenced Tuesday to three years in prison for drunk driving, speeding and hitting two parked cars l year, leaving a 5-year-old girl with a severe brain injury.

Reid pleaded guilty in September to impaired driving causing grievous bodily harm. The charge carries a maximum sentence of seven years in prison, but prosecutors had agreed to seek a maximum sentence of four years in prison. Reid applied for probation. The injured girl’s family had opposed the plea deal.

Circuit Judge Charles H. McKenzie sentenced Reid on Tuesday and he was to be taken into custody.

Prosecutors say Reid, the son of Chiefs coach Andy Reid, was intoxicated and driving about 84 mph (135 km/h) in a 65 mph zone when his Dodge truck hit the cars on an Interstate 435 on-ramp near Arrowhead Stadium on February 4. 2021.

A girl inside one of the cars, Ariel Young, suffered head trauma. A total of six people, including Reid, were injured. One of the vehicles he hit had stalled due to a dead battery, and the second belonged to Ariel’s mother, who had arrived to help.

Reid had a blood alcohol level of 0.113% two hours after the crash, police said. The legal limit is 0.08%.

After sentencing, Ariel’s family released a statement through attorney Tom Porto saying they were outraged that Reid had not had the full seven years allowed by law.

“No prison sentence will ever be enough to punish the defendant for the pain and suffering he has caused this family and the enduring hardships that Ariel will continue to endure for the rest of his life,” the statement read.

Reid’s attorney, JR Hobbs, said in a statement that Reid respects the court’s decision.

“He sincerely regrets and accepts responsibility for his conduct and hopes and prays for (Ariel’s) continued recovery,” Reid said.

Jackson County District Attorney Jean Peters Baker said after sentencing that she was confident Reid’s notoriety would not influence the sentencing. She argued during the hearing that Reid should be sentenced to four years because he made a series of bad decisions that caused long-term pain for Ariel and her family.

“I think what happened today was justice,” Peters Baker said.

Prior to sentencing, a victim impact statement from Ariel’s mother, Felicia Miller, was read into the record. She said the five crash victims were offended that Reid asked for probation and did not accept his apology for his actions.

Miller said her daughter, who was in court on Tuesday, has improved but still drags one foot when she walks, will see a doctor about leg splints, has poor balance and has to wear thick glasses.

She noted that Reid had a previous conviction and served time in prison for impaired driving.

“And he’s asking for probation?” On what planet does this behavior warrant probation? Can people really get drunk and brain damage a 5 year old and think they should be put on probation? writes Miller.

Reid apologized before sentencing, turning to look at Ariel and her family as he spoke. He said he had a daughter the same age as Ariel and her family prayed for her every night.

“I understand where Ms. Miller is coming from. I think I would feel the same,” he said.

Reid underwent emergency surgery for a groin injury after the accident. Chiefs placed him on administrative leave and his work with the team ended after his contract expired.

It’s not the first legal problem for Reid, who graduated from a drug treatment program in Pennsylvania in 2009 after a series of run-ins with law enforcement. His father was then a coach of the Philadelphia Eagles.

The Chiefs reached a confidential agreement with Ariel’s family in November to pay for her ongoing medical treatment and other expenses.


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