The Buchanan County Sheriff's Office confirmed to Bustle Tuesday 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. On Thursday, Soules' lawyers released a new statement (via Just Jared) following The Bachelor star's arrest. The statement reads as follows:
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: On Wednesday, Soules spoke out personally for the first time since his arrest. "My family and I are overwhelmed with this tragedy, but we are sticking together and we’ll get through it," he told InTouch Weekly. "Thank you for reaching out."
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. On Tuesday, his former lawyers, Sean Spellman and Molly Spellman of West Des Moines, Iowa, gave the following statement to Just Jared:
As reported by The Des Moines Register, Soules was released from jail Tuesday morning after his mother, Linda, posted his $10,000 bond. He reportedly remains under supervision, cannot leave the state without consent, and is also 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: