KANSAS CITY, Missouri – Former Chiefs assistant linebacker coach Britt Reid has been charged with impaired driving in connection with a Feb. 4 crash that left a 5-year-old girl with a trumatic brain injury.
The Jackson County District Attorney’s Office announced Monday that Reid, 35, had been accused of serious physical injury DWI, a Class D felony with a potential jail term of one to seven years. Prosecutors asked for a $ 100,000 bond.
According to a document on the probable causes of KCPD, Reid’s “blood alcohol concentration” two hours after the accident was 0.113%, which is above the legal limit of 0.08%.
Reid – who served as an outside linebacker coach on his father, Andy Reid, the coaching staff with the Chiefs – reportedly crashed his Dodge Ram pickup into two cars on the shoulder of the road shortly after 9 p.m. near the Stadium Drive entrance ramp to the Interstate southbound. 435 in Kansas City, Missouri.
The crash happened three days before the Chiefs played Super Bowl LV. Britt Reid did not attend the game.
According to a criminal complaint filed in Jackson County Circuit Court, Britt Reid “acted with criminal negligence by driving at excessive speeds, ignoring the existence of a disabled vehicle, striking it and causing serious bodily injury to the vehicle. “a child in one of the vehicles.
Reid’s vehicle struck a broken down Chevrolet Impala, which had run out of gas and would not start, and a Chevrolet Traverse SUV, which had arrived to assist the first vehicle, according to a partially written KCPD crash report.
Drivers of the two vehicles parked along the road added gasoline to the Impala, but it still won’t start. The driver had got out of his vehicle, recovering flying cables in the trunk of the vehicle at the time of the accident.
Britt Reid was driving nearly 83 mph – or 18 mph above the posted speed limit – when the initial accident occurred, court records show.
His truck cut through the Impala’s left front and was still traveling at nearly 68 mph when it crashed into the Traverse, which was parked in front of the Impala, according to a probable cause statement from the KCPD.
Two children, including 5-year-old Ariel Young, were in the Traverse. Ariel was taken to an area hospital with a life-threatening brain damage as well as a skull fracture and subdural hematomas, according to police records.
Ariel, who remained hospitalized on March 27, was seated in the third row of seats near where Britt Reid’s truck crashed into the car.
The other child in the vehicle, Young’s cousin, was also taken to hospital the night of the crash, but she did not sustain serious injuries. She was seated in the second row of the vehicle.
“The Kansas City Chiefs Organization remains steadfast in our concern for all those affected by this tragic accident,” the Chiefs said in a statement Monday after the charges were announced. “Our prayers are focused on Ariel’s continued healing and recovery. The Chiefs are in regular contact with the designated family representative during this difficult time.”
Ariel’s mother Felicia and her sister, who was also in the vehicle with her young daughter, told police that they were both knocked out during the sinking. Both were also checked by emergency personnel.
The crash happened near the Truman Sports Complex, but prosecutors said they had no direct evidence that Reid was drinking at Arrowhead Stadium.
However, Britt Reid admitted to police that he “quit work” just before the accident. He said he was looking over his left shoulder “to assess the traffic so it can merge” at the time of the crash, according to a probable cause statement.
Britt Reid said the Impala didn’t have any lights on, which is why he didn’t see it.
According to a search warrant request 41 Action News obtained the day after the crash, Reid told a KCPD agent at the scene that he had had two to three drinks.
An officer from the KCPD DUI unit smelled alcohol on Reid’s breath and said his eyes were red and bloodshot. Field sobriety tests conducted at the scene also indicated that Reid was under the influence.
Britt reid had surgery after the accident, according to his father. The probable cause statement indicates that he suffered “a blunt trauma to the groin requiring emergency surgery.”
Six days after the crash, Chiefs officials said Britt Reid was no longer with the team, who did not renew his contract. He had worked for the Chiefs since his father joined the organization before the 2013 season.
The NFL continues to monitor the situation.
“We are closely monitoring all developments in the matter which remains under consideration of the league’s personal conduct policy,” said NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy. “After the completion of legal proceedings, we will address this matter and take all appropriate measures.”
Previously, Britt Reid spent time in a Pennsylvania jail after pointing a gun at another driver during a road rage incident in January 2007.
He pleaded guilty to carrying a firearm without a license, common assault, possession of a controlled substance and possession of an instrumentality in connection with the incident, according to Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, court records.
Pending a court date, Britt Reid was re-arrested and charged with driving under the influence of a controlled substance, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug-related accessories on August 23, 2007 .
His bail was revoked in the first case after the second arrest.
Ultimately, Britt Reid was sentenced to eight to 23 months in prison for the first incident and one to six months in prison for the second. He was released on parole in February 2008 and fined over $ 10,000 in total.
Britt Reid, a graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia, began his NFL career as an intern with the Eagles on his father’s team in 2009.
He spent 2013 and 2014 as a defensive quality control coach in Kansas City before being promoted to assistant defensive line coach in 2015.
He coached the Chiefs’ defensive line from 2016 to 2018 before moving to outside linebackers the last two seasons.
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