Former Kansas City Chiefs Coach Britt Reid Sentenced To Three Years In Prison After Pleading Guilty To 2021 DWI Crash
After pleading guilty to the DWI crash that took place in 2021, former Kansas City Chiefs assistant coach Britt Reid was sentenced to three years in prison. The case against Reid stems from when the former coach struck two stopped cars on an interstate entrance ramp with his pickup truck and critically injured a 5-year-old girl, who was later identified as Ariel Young.
According to the police, the crash happened on an entrance ramp near Arrowhead Stadium in February 2021. Reid was allegedly intoxicated and speeding when he struck two parked vehicles. Reid’s speed was reported as approximately 84 mph prior to the crash, and he allegedly possessed a blood alcohol level of 0.113 (legal limit is 0.08), two hours after the crash.
Reid was later charged with felony driving while intoxicated resulting in serious physical injury. The 37-year-old was scheduled to stand trial on September 26th, and faced up to seven years in prison for the charge. However, a plea deal meant Reid was then faced with a potential sentence that ranged from probation to four years in prison. The former coach entered his plea in Jackson County Circuit Court in Kansas City.
When testifying in court, Britt expressed remorse for his actions after acknowledging the fact that he was drinking during the night of the accident. “I really regret what I did,” he stated. “I made a huge mistake. I apologize to the family. I didn’t mean to hurt anyone.” Reid’s attorney J.R Hobbs issued a statement emphasizing his client’s remorse.
“He sincerely regrets his conduct and hopes and prays for the continued recovery for A.Y. [Ariel Young]. Mr. Reid sincerely apologizes to A.Y. and her family, and to his own family. He also extends his deep apologies to the Hunt family, the Chiefs organization and Chiefs Kingdom. Mr. Reid is sorry for his actions and hopes that his plea brings some sense of justice to all those he affected.”
However, attorney Tom Porto stated his clients, Ariel’s family, was outraged. Furthermore, Ariel’s mother Felicia Miller firmly stated her family rejected Reid’s apology as she went on to explain the shocking details of how Reid’s actions have impacted her daughter and the rest of her family.
“It’s been nearly 21 months since Britt Reid hurt us. He apologized last month for first the time … To be clear, your apology is not accepted. He apologized to us at the same time he apologized to ‘Chiefs Kingdom’. This is not a game. This is not a Chiefs’ game. This is our life.”
“We awoke into chaos. ‘Where were our babies?’ Where was Julianna? Where was Ariel?’,” Miller continued. “Juliana — a child — was knocked out. She had a broken nose. Ariel didn’t look like herself. She was stiff. She wasn’t responding. She would not wake up. And she didn’t wake up. For two weeks.”
“He had every opportunity in life,” Miller said. “Instead of doing something with the opportunities that have been handed to him, Britt Reid hurt us. Ariel’s life is forever changed because of Britt Reid. Her life will be dealing with the damage that Britt Reid did. She will never play sports. Sports, [which] his family has made a living off of. She’ll never do that. He took that from her. She will deal with the effects of his actions every day for the rest of her life.”