Can Chris Soules Go To Jail? The Reality Star Was Charged For Allegedly Leaving The Scene Of A Fatal Car Crash
On Tuesday, April 25, news broke that former Bachelor star Chris Soules allegedly fled the scene of a fatal car crash in Aurora, Iowa. The Buchanan County Sheriff's Office confirmed the arrest with Bustle. The sheriff's office also confirmed that he has been charged with an alleged Class D felony, which means Soules could potentially face jail time. According to Iowa law, a Class D felony can carry a maximum sentence of up to five years in prison and a fine of $7,500 for non-habitual offenders.
UPDATE: Audio released by the Buchanan County Sheriff's department shows that Chris Soules called 911 in regards to the accident.
UPDATE #2: 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: A rep for Soules did not respond to Bustle's request for comment at the time of publication. His lawyers released a statement to Just Jared, which reads as follows:
According to the Des Moines Register, Soules allegedly crashed his truck into a tractor driven by Mosher. 66-year-old Mosher died at Mercy Hospital in Oelwin, Iowa.
The Des Moines Register also reports that Soules has been released from custody. People reports that he posted his $10,000 bail. Soules preliminary hearing is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on May 2. At that time, it will be determined whether Soules will go to trial or not.
This is not Soules first run-in with the law. Iowa court records obtained by Radar Online revealed multiple guilty charges in Soules' past. These records are also available online through the Iowa court system. Most of these charges were related to speeding and alcohol, including possession of alcohol underage.
Iowa State Patrol spokesman Sgt. Scott Bright claimed to the Register that the Bachelor star allegedly left the scene of Monday's crash on foot and was arrested by the Buchanan County Sheriff's Office, taken to the hospital, and escorted to jail. The 35-year-old was booked at 1:16 a.m. on Tuesday, April 25 and had his first court appearance later in the morning at the Buchanan County Courthouse.
UPDATE: The Buchanan County Sheriff's Office released the following updated press release to Bustle Tuesday afternoon:
EARLIER: The Buchanan County Sheriff's Office shared the following press release with Bustle: