Former KC Assistant Chiefs Reed pleads guilty to DWI at wreck 21

Former Kansas City assistant coach Brett Reed pleaded guilty Monday to felony driving while intoxicated and causing the 2021 crash that seriously injured a 5-year-old girl in another car.

During the 30-minute hearing, Reed admitted that on February 4, 2021, he was drunk when his pickup truck crashed into two cars on the side of an entrance ramp along Highway 435, near the team’s training facility. The wreckage hit two children, one of whom was Ariel Young, who had a brain injury.

“I regret what I did. I made a terrible mistake,” Reed, 37, said. I apologize to the family. I didn’t mean to hurt anyone that night.”

Prosecutors reached an agreement with Reed and his attorney, J.R. Hobbs. In doing so, the plaintiffs agreed that they would ask Circuit Court Judge Charles H. MacKenzie to sentence Reade to imprisonment not exceeding four years.

“Showing this plea is in the interests of justice,” Jackson County Assistant District Attorney Brady Twinter told McKinsey.

In pleading guilty, Reed, the son of head coach Andy Reed, could have faced up to seven years in prison.

McKenzie said he could order Reed to serve a full four years in prison, as recommended by the attorney general’s office. But Missouri law also allows him to sentence Reid to just 120 days in prison and put him on probation for five years.

Ariel’s mother, Felicia Miller, told Mackenzie that she and her family opposed the plea agreement that prosecutors reached with Reed and his attorneys.

“My family and I are against the plea deal. I don’t think he should get it,” Miller said.

Miller joined the courtroom with six relatives and supporters who wore white T-shirts with “Justice for Ariel” written in front.

Tom Porto, the attorney for the crash victims, also commented on the plea agreement:

“The victims of this crime are angry because the prosecutor’s lawyer is not asking for the maximum penalty allowed by law,” he said. “The defendant is a former criminal whose actions caused a five-year-old girl to fall into a coma and seriously injured three others.”

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Ariel Young, 5, was seriously injured after colliding with a car driven by former assistant coach Brett Reed. GoFundMe

Monday’s hearing began nearly a week ago when Hobbs alerted the court Red plans to plead guilty Charged with drunk driving and causing bodily injury.

Hobbs issued the following statement Monday morning:

“Mr. Reid still feels remorse for his behavior and hopes that his invitation will bring some sense of justice to all that have been affected by him.”

The trial was scheduled to begin September 26 in Jackson County Courthouse in downtown Kansas City but is not taking place now.

McKenzie sets the sentencing hearing for 1:30 p.m. on October 28.

Reed stood before MacKenzie in a light blue suit with his hands buried in his front pockets and showed no emotion as he answered his lawyer’s questions about what had happened that evening.

Reed said he left the stadium for his home around 9 p.m.

He was driving 83 mph two seconds before the collision. Prosecutors said Reade had a blood alcohol content of 0.113 about two hours after the accident. The legal limit is 0.08, according to Missouri law.

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Brett Reed walked into the courtroom Monday in Jackson County Courthouse to plead guilty to a charge of drunk driving. The former assistant coach and son of coach Andy Reed pleaded guilty to drunk driving and causing the 2021 accident that seriously injured a 5-year-old girl. Chris Ochner cochsner@kcstar.com

Reed said his pickup truck hit a Chevrolet Impala, which he said he didn’t see because its lights were off. Reed said he continued south on the highway and then finished behind in a Chevy Traverse at 67.7 mph. Call 911 moments later.

Ariel’s mother arrives to help her cousin who ran out of gas from the Impala and stopped. Miller said she got back into the driver’s seat of the Traverse and looked in the rear-view mirror when she saw the headlights of an approaching car.

Reed told the responding officer that he “was looking over his left shoulder to assess traffic so he could blend in,” prosecutors said.

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Felicia Miller, left, mother of Ariel Young who was badly injured when the pickup truck, former assistant coach to Kansas City President Brett Reed driving while drunk in the car Ariel was in in 2021, leaves the courtroom at Jackson County Courthouse On Monday, September 12, 2022, after hearing Reed plead guilty while driving while intoxicated. Chris Ochner cochsner@kcstar.com

The impact of the rear-end collision left Miller temporarily unconscious after the airbag hit her and broke her seat. When she woke up, Miller called her children. I was able to find Ariel in Traverse under the third seat that was folded.

Ariel was not responding. Police said paramedics arrived and took the girl to Children’s Mercy Hospital.

After the accident, a Kansas City police officer noticed that Reade’s eyes were “bloodshot and red,” according to prosecutors. Reed told the officer at the scene that he had been drinking and had “two or three drinks.”

Reed sustained a hip injury and underwent emergency surgery after being taken to a nearby hospital.

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Ariel had a traumatic brain injury that included swelling and bleeding. She also suffered a parietal fracture, brain contusions, and subdural hematomas.

The accident left Ariel in the hospital in a critical condition for a long time. She was in a coma for 11 days and was discharged from the hospital on April 2, 2021.

In November, the Kansas City Chiefs and Ariel’s family I reached a confidential financial agreement To cover her ongoing medical treatment and “long-term financial stability”.

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Part of an application for a search warrant describes the details of a Kansas City car accident involving Brett Reed, son of Chiefs coach Andy Reed. The request was filed by a police officer in the Jackson County Circuit Court for a search warrant as part of the investigation. Jackson County Court

This story was originally published September 12, 2022 11:19 am.

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Glenn E. Rice is an investigative reporter who focuses on law enforcement and the legal system. He’s been with The Star since 1988. In 2020, Rice helped investigate discrimination and structural racism that had remained unchecked for decades within the Kansas City Fire Department.