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. Now, Soules has spoken out for the first time since his arrest. In a statement given to InTouch Weekly Wednesday, the 35-year-old said, "My family and I are overwhelmed with this tragedy, but we are sticking together and we’ll get through it. Thank you for reaching out."
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. On Tuesday, his lawyers released the following statement to Just Jared:
On Wednesday, it was revealed through 911 audio sent to Bustle from the sheriff's office that despite Soules allegedly leaving the scene of the car crash, 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. He 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: