Former Kansas City Chiefs linebackers coach Britt Reid pleaded not guilty Monday to a charge of driving while intoxicated that caused serious injury.
A Jackson County, Missouri, judge also ruled that Reid is allowed to drive as he awaits trial, on the condition he must use an ignition interlock that tests his blood-alcohol concentration before allowing him to drive. That condition will hold until Reid’s trial, the next step of which is a July 22 pretrial conference.
Reid’s DWI charge stems from a Feb. 4 crash that caused severe brain injury to a 5-year-old girl. The crash occurred near the Chiefs’ facility three days before Reid, the son of Chiefs head coach Andy Reid, was scheduled to coach in the Super Bowl.
Reid was driving 83.9 mph in a 69-mph zone 1.9 seconds prior to the crash, police investigators said. Police charging documents said Reid’s eyes were bloodshot and red, the odor of intoxicants still on him when an officer arrived at the site. Reid’s serum blood alcohol concentration was at .113 roughly two hours after the crash.
Five-year-old Ariel Young, found in the rear of the car under a seat that had folded over, was transported by ambulance to Children’s Mercy Hospital. Her injuries included severe traumatic brain injury, a skull fracture, brain contusions and subdural hematomas, charging documents said. Young also fell into a coma; 11 days passed before her family announced she was awake.
Reid was charged April 12 with committing the class D felony of driving while intoxicated, causing serious physical injury. Young’s family said the charge wasn’t adequate.
“We don’t believe the charges are fair or harsh enough,” Young’s cousin Tiffany Verhulst told USA TODAY Sports the day the charges were filed. “It’s been incredibly hard knowing he’s out every day living his normal life and Ariel’s life is completely changed.
“Our whole family’s life changed due to him making the decision to drink and drive.”
Reid has previously been cited by law enforcement on at least three prior occasions for speeding or careless driving, including in Missouri in 2018 and 2019. In January 2007 in Pennsylvania, Reid was arrested after he was accused of pointing a gun at another driver. He pleaded guilty to charges for simple assault, carrying a firearm without a license and possessing a controlled substance without registration. Seven months later, he pleaded guilty to three more charges.
In Monday’s court appearance, Reid waived his reading of charges and pleaded not guilty. Jackson County Judge Jessica Agnelly did, however, modify Reid’s bond after it had said he could not drive while awaiting trial. That was a mistake from the agency that released him, a Jackson County Court spokesperson told USA TODAY Sports.
Reid coached under his father in Kansas City the last eight seasons, working with outside linebackers and defensive linemen. His contract expired at season’s end and was not renewed. The NFL said it would investigate, a league spokesman confirmed to USA TODAY Sports in February.
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