PHILADELPHIA -- Two of Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid's
sons are under investigation -- one for suspicion of pointing a gun
at a motorist, the other for a car accident just hours later, after which police said he admitted using heroin.
Britt Reid was questioned by police after a man matching his
description in a sport-utility vehicle registered to Andy Reid and
his wife brandished a weapon at another driver during an argument
Tuesday morning, authorities said.
Authorities served a search warrant later Tuesday at the home
the 21-year-old shares with his parents in suburban Philadelphia.
Police said they seized a shotgun and a handgun, along with
containers of white powder or residue from the vehicle.
No charges have been filed, but police gave the following account of the incident:
A man matching Britt Reid's description got out of a
sport-utility vehicle and yelled at another motorist, then returned
to his SUV and pulled out a handgun. He then pointed the gun
directly at the other driver, smiled and took off, but the other
motorist took down his license plate number.
From the vehicle, police recovered a shotgun, ammunition, a
container holding eight clear baggies with white residue, a
container with white powder, four small white pills, and a pharmacy
bottle holding a green leafy substance, according to a list
obtained by The Associated Press.
A pistol and ammunition were also seized from the house.
Andy Reid and his wife, Tammy, have not commented publicly about their sons' cases. The couple cut short a California vacation and returned home Wednesday. Garrett and Britt Reid are the eldest of the couple's five children.
On the same day as the alleged road-rage incident, Britt Reid's
older brother, Garrett, was found with drug paraphernalia after his SUV collided with another vehicle in nearby
Plymouth Township, police said.
According to a police affidavit obtained by WPVI-TV, a Plymouth
Township police officer observed a triple beam scale and the butt
of a handgun in the SUV Garrett Reid had been driving.
Officers detained Garrett Reid and recovered two used hypodermic
needles and a knife. One officer said Reid was unable to follow
simple directions or understand what was told to him.
In a statement to police, the 23-year-old Garrett Reid said he
had used heroin earlier in the day, admitted he was speeding at the
time of the accident and said he did not know what color the
traffic light was when he went through the intersection, according
to the affidavit.
Police requested a search warrant for the SUV, but it was not immediately clear if investigators had executed the warrant.
Police said Thursday that Garrett Reid was taken to a hospital
for toxicology tests, but the results were not yet available. The
case remains under investigation, and no charges have been filed.
William J. Winning, a lawyer representing Garrett and Britt
Reid, released a statement in which he declined to comment on the
specifics of the investigations.
"We are fully cooperating with law enforcement officials in
that regard and will continue to do so," Winning said. "Until
these matters are resolved, however, neither the Reid family or I
will have any further comment and we ask that the privacy of the
Reid family be respected."
Prosecutors said Thursday they couldn't comment on the investigations.
According to a report in the Philadelphia Inquirer, court records show that Garrett Reid has at least four speeding convictions since 2001. He also pleaded guilty in 2004 to shoplifting, the newspaper reported.
Britt Reid has at least one speeding conviction, according to the Inquirer.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.