Former Chiefs Assistant Coach Sentenced to 3 Years in Prison

Britt Reid injured 5-year-old girl in DWI crash
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Sep 12, 2022 12:24 PM CDT
Updated Nov 1, 2022 6:07 PM CDT
Former Chiefs Coach Pleads Guilty to DWI
Felicia Moore, right, puts her arm around her daughter Ariel Young while they wait outside a Jackson County courtroom Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022, in Kansas City, Mo.,   (Tammy Ljungblad/The Kansas City Star via AP)

Update: Former Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach Britt Reid was sentenced on Tuesday to three years in prison for driving drunk, speeding, and hitting two parked cars last year, leaving a 5-year-old girl with a serious brain injury. Reid, son of Chiefs coach Andy Reid, pleaded guilty in September to driving while intoxicated causing serious bodily injury. The charge carries a maximum penalty of seven years in prison, but prosecutors had agreed to ask for a maximum sentence of four years in prison. The family of the injured girl, Ariel Young, opposed the plea deal, the AP reports. In a victim impact statement, mother Felicia Miller said her daughter has improved but still drags one of her feet when she walks, has terrible balance, and must wear thick eyeglasses. "Ariel's life forever changed because of Britt Reid," she said. Our story from September follows:

Former Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach Britt Reid pleaded guilty Monday to felony driving while intoxicated resulting in serious physical injury. One of those injured in the 2021 crash was a young girl. Reid, the 37-year-old son of Chiefs coach Andy Reid, had been scheduled to go to trial on 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, the AP reports. He entered his plea in Jackson County Circuit Court in Kansas City. Sentencing is set for Oct. 28.

Investigators said Britt Reid was intoxicated and driving about 84 mph when his Dodge truck hit two cars on an entrance ramp to Interstate 435 near Arrowhead Stadium 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 he was drinking on the night of the crash. "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.

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"The five victims of this crime are outraged," Pardo said. "The prosecuting attorney is not seeking (the) maximum sentence allowable by law. The defendant is a prior offender whose actions caused a 5-year-old girl to be in a coma and seriously injured three others." A Kansas City police officer who arrived at the scene of the crash reported 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. The Chiefs reached a confidential agreement with Ariel's family in November to pay for her ongoing medical treatment and other expenses. (More Britt Reid stories.)

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