Two sons of Andy Reid targets of gun, drug probes

Updated: February 2, 2007, 11:03 AM ET
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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.