Former Chiefs coach Britt Reid pleads not guilty to DWI misdemeanor and may resume driving with restrictions
Former Chiefs assistant coach Britt Reid pleaded not guilty to DWI on Monday in connection with a car crash on Feb. 4 where he struck a roadside vehicle stranded near the Chiefs facility. The accident injured two children, including Ariel Young, 5, who suffered brain damage.
According to a report by The Associated Press, the judge in the Reid case also changed the circumstances of his connection, allowing the son of Chiefs head coach Andy Reid to resume driving with restrictions. His car will now be fitted with a locking device that will require Reid to take a breathalyzer test before the vehicle can start.
Reid reportedly drove at 84 mph shortly before the collision and had a blood alcohol level of 0.113 two hours after the accident (the legal driving limit is 0.08). He admitted to police at the scene that he had had two or three drinks and a prescription for Adderall at the time of the crash, but was not arrested at the scene.
If found guilty, he faces seven years in prison.
Reid was withdrawn from the organization of leaders February 10; he was reportedly put on leave from the organization, during which time his contract with Kansas City expired. He received the DWI charge April 12.
Ariel woke up from an accident-related coma on February 16, 12 days after Reid’s vehicle struck his car. On March 2, young family lawyer Tom Porto said she probably had permanent brain damage.
“She probably has permanent brain damage that she will endure for the rest of her life,” Porto said. “She’s not working – it’s a sad, sad, sad story.… We are going to argue for the most serious charges and the most severe punishment Britt can ever receive.”
Reid’s next hearing will be a pre-trial conference on July 22. No trial date has been set.