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Britt Reid faces DWI charge in crash that critically injured 5-year-old girl

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Published: Apr. 12, 2021 at 2:29 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH/AP) - Charges were filed Monday against former Kansas City Chiefs coach Britt Reid. The Prosecutor’s Office in Jackson County, Missouri, filed a criminal charge of driving while intoxicated and causing the vehicular crash near Arrowhead Stadium, severely injuring a 5-year-old girl.

According to the filed court records, Reid was driving on Feb. 4, 2021, near Interstate 435 and Stadium Drive in Kansas City while under the influence of alcohol and acted with criminal negligence by driving at an excessive rate of speed, failing to be aware of a disabled vehicle, striking it and causing physical injury to the 5-year-old child in that vehicle. A police investigation of the crash determined that Reid was driving a truck that was traveling nearly 84 mph just 1.9 seconds before the crash. A test of his blood serum after the crash showed his blood alcohol concentration to be at .113. The 5-year-old injured in the crash, according to medical records, suffered a severe traumatic brain injury, a parietal fracture, brain contusions and subdural hematomas.

“Recent changes in the DWI statutes by the Missouri Legislature limit the number of charges that the prosecutor’s office could pursue, given the evidence in the case,” said Jackson County Prosecutor Baker.

Baker said her office will “vigorously” pursue the charges and Reid is not receiving any favorable treatment from Kansas City police or the Jackson County Prosecutor’s Office. Baker said she also recently communicated with the child victim’s family, through their attorney.

Reid surrendered to Kansas City police Monday afternoon and was released after posting $100,000 bond. As part of his bond release, Reid was ordered to not consume alcohol or visit any establishment where alcohol is the primary item sold. He also must report to a dependency services clinic for pretrial supervision, is subject to random drug testing and must use alcohol and GPS monitoring devices.

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