What Was Chris Soules Charged With?
Details are still emerging about a former Bachelor star's arrest. Chris Soules was charged with allegedly fleeing the scene after a fatal car crash near Aurora, Iowa on Monday, April 24. (Soules' rep did not return Bustle's request for comment at the time of publication.) According to the Buchanan County Sheriff's Office, based on Iowa code section 321.261 (4), Soules, who is from Arlington, IA, is charged with an allegedly class "d" felony. This charge can carry a maximum sentence of up to five years and $7500 in fines for non-habitual offenders, according to Iowa state law.
UPDATE: On Tuesday, attorneys Sean Spellman and Molly Spellman released a statement to JustJared about the incident. "Chris Soules was involved in an accident Monday evening in a rural part of Iowa near his home. He was devastated to learn that Kenneth Mosher, the other person in the accident, passed away. His thoughts and prayers and with Mr. Mosher’s family,” it read.
UPDATE #2: Audio released by the Buchanan County Sheriff's department shows that Chris Soules called 911 in regards to the accident.
UPDATE #3: 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 press release Bustle received from the Buchanan County Sheriff's Office states "one fatality has been confirmed" after an incident in which a pickup truck and a tractor collided. News 7 KWWL in Iowa reports that a pickup truck rear-ended a tractor resulting in the death of one person after both cars wound up in a ditch. The identities of those involved in the crash have not yet been revealed.
TMZ reports that Soules was allegedly driving the pickup truck. The tractor driver was taken in an ambulance to the hospital, where he later died. State Patrol told KWWL Soules allegedly left his truck in the ditch and left. Court documents obtained by KWWL say "alcoholic beverages or containers were at the scene of the deadly crash," but no further information about the beverages or containers has been released.
UPDATE #2: The Buchanan County Sheriff's Office released the following updated press release to Bustle Tuesday afternoon:
On Monday, April 24, 2017 at approximately 8:20 pm, the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 report of a motor vehicle accident with injuries in the 1000 blk of Slater Avenue (W45) north ofAurora. According to the investigation, a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado operated by Christopher Douglas Soules, 35, of Arlington was southbound on Slater Avenue when he struck the rear of a southbound John Deere 2640 tractor operated by Kenneth Eugene Mosher, 66, of Aurora. The collision caused the tractor to go into the east ditch. Soules’ vehicle went into the west ditch. Mosher was transported to Mercy Hospital in Oelwein where he was pronounced dead. Soules was uninjured in the accident and left the scene of the accident prior to law enforcement arrival.
Soules was located shortly after at his residence located in the 7500 blk of B Avenue in near Arlington in Fayette County. He was subsequently arrested and transported to the Buchanan County Jail, where he was charged with Leaving the Scene of a Fatality Motor Vehicle Accident (class D felony). Soules bonded out of the Buchanan County Jail on a $10,000 bond on Tuesday morning, April 25, 2017.
No other information is being released at this time pending the continued investigation into the cause of the accident. Due to the on-going investigation, further charges may be pending. The Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office was assisted in this incident by the Iowa State Patrol, Fayette County Sheriff’s Office, Aurora Fire Department and Oelwein Mercy Ambulance Service.
EARLIER: The entire press release from the sheriff's office reads:
On Monday, April 24, 2017 at approximately 8:20 pm, the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 report of a motor vehicle accident in the 1000 blk of Slater Avenue north of Aurora involving a pickup truck and a tractor. At this time, one fatality has been confirmed. No other information is being released at this time pending the investigation and notification of family. The Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office is being assisted by the Iowa State Patrol and further information will be released at a later time.
Soules was arrested at 1:16 a.m., according to People magazine. KWWF reports that he made his first court appearance on Tuesday, April 25. Soules' preliminary hearing is reportedly scheduled for May 2.
Soules is best known for appearing on Season 19 of ABC's romantic reality show, The Bachelor, and Season 10 of its spinoff, The Bachelorette.