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Britt Reid formally enters guilty plea to DWI charge

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Posted at 10:44 AM, Sep 12, 2022
and last updated 2022-09-14 14:33:41-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Former Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach Britt Reid formally pleaded guilty Monday to a felony DWI charge in connection to a February 2021 crash that injured 4-year-old Ariel Young.

Reid made his plea in Jackson County Circuit Court in downtown Kansas City, Missouri.

During Monday's hearing, Judge Charles McKenzie set a sentencing date of Oct. 28, 2022.

As part of the plea with prosecutors, Reid won't face more than four years in prison.

Several members of Ariel Young's family were at Monday's hearing. Ariel's mother told the judge the family is "not okay with" a plea agreement, which shortens Reid's maximum sentence.

They all wore "Justice for Ariel" shirts.

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The family of Ariel Young, the little girl seriously injured in Britt Reid's DWI crash in 2021, walking out of Reid's plea agreement hearing.

Tom Porto, the family's attorney, released a statement on behalf of the family Monday.

In the statement, the family said they are "outraged the prosecuting attorney is not seeking the maximum sentence." It also pointed out that Reid is a prior offender "whose actions caused a five-year-old girl to be in a coma and seriously injured three others."

Reid was convicted of gun and drug charges in Pennsylvania in 2007. Months later, he was arrested on DUI.

In the Young case, absent the plea, Reid could have faced up to seven years in prison.

Reid could also possibly avoid prison time on a suspended sentence and only serve probation.

News of Reid’s plea was first made public last week when his attorney’s announced that he planned to enter a guilty plea at Monday’s hearing.

Reid, the son of Chiefs coach Andy Reid, allegedly had been drinking before he left Truman Sports Complex and caused a three-vehicle crash shortly after 9 p.m. on Feb. 4, 2021, on the on ramp from Stadium Drive to Interstate 435 southbound near GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium.

After the crash, Reid told police officers who arrived at the scene that he had two to three drinks, according to a KCPD search warrant. He was driving approximately 83 mph shortly before the crash, according to police.

Ariel suffered a traumatic brain injury in the crash. The Chiefs later agreed to cover her medical expenses in November 2021.

In the hearing, Reid told the judge he "really regrets what happened," that he made a huge mistake and apologizes, and that he never meant to hurt anyone.

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