Following Chris Soules' arrest on Tuesday, a few members of the Bachelor family have started to speak out. Luke Pell commented on Soules' arrest to E! News with positive words about his friend. Soules' lawyers previously commented on his arrest in a statement to Just Jared, which reads:
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: For those unaware, on early Tuesday, Soules was arrested for allegedly fleeing the scene of a fatal car accident. According to the Buchanan County, Iowa Sheriff's Office, the former Bachelor allegedly rear-ended a tractor causing both vehicles to go into a ditch. Soules allegedly fled the scene and was later arrested, charged with allegedly committing a Class D felony, and released on $10,000 bond. The driver of the tractor later died in a hospital. According to local Iowa NBC affiliate KWWL, Soules is set to have a preliminary hearing on May 2.
As for Pell's comment on the situation, he told E! News,
In addition to Pell, Soules' ex-fiancée, Whitney Bischoff, also commented on the situation in a statement to People on Tuesday. She simply said, "This is a very sad situation. I’m keeping everyone in my thoughts and prayers, especially the victim and his family."
E! News also received a statement from former Bachelorette and Bachelor in Paradise contestant Marcus Grodd, who was on Andi Dorfman's season along with Soules. "It's tragic that someone's life has been lost and I'm sure Chris is scared. I'm sure he's devastated for the family and scared for himself. If he needs anything, I'm there," Grodd told E!
The Buchanan County Sheriff's Department shared the following statement with Bustle on Tuesday: