On Tuesday, the Buchanan County Sheriff's Office confirmed to Bustle that Chris Soules was arrested and charged for allegedly fleeing the scene of a fatal car crash, which took place on Monday, April 24 near Aurora, Iowa. Since then, many stars from The Bachelor and The Bachelorette have been commenting. On Wednesday, Andi Dorfman reacted to Soules' arrest with a simple statement. She told Entertainment Tonight, "It's all very sad. I haven't talked to Chris yet but, knowing him, I know that he is probably devastated."
UPDATE: A rep for Soules released the following statement to Bustle on May 3: "Neither Mr. Soules nor his legal counsel will be responding to the numerous tabloid style articles and journalists who have been reporting false and misleading stories by citing 'unnamed sources.' Rather, they will be focusing on presenting the truth, which will reveal how inaccurate and unfair so many of these news accounts have been. We are confident that the fair-minded citizens of Iowa will do what they’ve always done – reserve judgment until all of the accurate information is properly presented."
EARLIER: At the time of his arrest, Bustle reached out to Soules' rep for comment, but did not receive a response at the time of publication. His lawyers said in a statement released to Just Jared Tuesday:
Like Dorfman, Soules' ex-fiancée, Whitney Bischoff, commented on the incident in a statement released to People on Tuesday. "This is a very sad situation," she said. "I’m keeping everyone in my thoughts and prayers, especially the victim and his family."
On Wednesday, the sheriff's office shared 911 audio with Bustle showing that even though Soules allegedly left the scene of the accident, he called 911 after the accident. Bustle reached out to Soules' lawyers for comment on the 911 audio, but did not hear back at the time of publication.
On Tuesday morning, Soules was released from jail after his mother, Linda, posted his $10,000 bond, as reported by The Des Moines Register. The 35-year-old is currently under supervision, cannot leave the state without consent, and is required to wear an electronic ankle bracelet. According to the Associated Press, if convicted, Soules could face up to five years in prison. His preliminary hearing is set for May 2.
The Buchanan County Sheriff's released the following press release to Bustle on Tuesday: