NFL: Britt Reid pleads guilty to drunk driving causing serious injury

NFL: Former Chiefs assistant coach Britt Reid sentenced to three years in prison

Former Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach Britt Reid was sentenced to three years in prison on Tuesday for driving while intoxicated, speeding and crashing into two parked cars last year, leaving a young girl 5 year old with a serious brain injury.

In September, Britt Reid pleaded guilty to impaired driving causing grievous bodily harm. That charge carries a maximum sentence of seven years in prison, but prosecutors had agreed to seek a maximum sentence of four years in prison.

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

Prosecutors say Reid, the son of Chiefs coach Andy Reid, was drunk and driving about 84 mph in a 65 mph zone when his Dodge truck hit the cars on an entrance ramp of Interstate 435 near Arrowhead Stadium, Feb. 4, 2021.

A young girl who was in 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 flat battery, and the second belonged to Ariel’s mother, who had arrived to help.

Police say Reid had a blood alcohol level of 0.113% two hours after the accident. The legal limit is 0.08%.

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

“Ariel’s life was forever changed because of Britt Reid,” says Ms. Miller’s statement. She will have to deal with this for the rest of her life. »

Reid apologized before sentencing, turning to 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. The Chiefs placed him on administrative leave, and his employment with the team ended after his contract expired.

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

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

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