'Bachelor' Chris Soules Arrested After Fatal Car Crash
The Iowa native was charged with leaving the scene of an accident that left one person dead.
Chris Soules, who appeared on ABC's The Bachelor, was arrested for leaving the scene of a deadly car crash in Iowa, The Hollywood Reporter can confirm.
The Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office said they received a 911 call at approximately 8:30 p.m. on Monday night about a motor vehicle accident involving a pickup truck and a tractor in Aurora, about 15 miles from Soules' farm in Arlington. One fatality was confirmed by authorities.
The reality star, 35, was charged with leaving the scene of a fatal motor vehicle accident, which is a Class D felony in the state of Iowa. He was in custody and being held on a cash-only $10,000 bond Tuesday.
Soules appeared in court Tuesday for his arraignment in Buchanan County where documents reportedly said alcoholic beverages or containers were found at the scene of crash. Sheriff Bill Wolgram told the Associated Press investigators are trying to determine who the alcohol belonged to.
According to the Sheriff's Office, Soules' pickup truck rear-ended the tractor, sending both vehicles into a ditch. Soules, who was injured, took off but left his truck behind. The Buchanan County Attorney said it took hours to get a search warrant to get Soules out of his home and that he has not been cooperative with law enforcement. He was arrested about five hours after the crash early Tuesday morning.
Iowa State Patrol later identified the victim as 66-year-old Kenneth Mosher, of Aurora. He was transported to Mercy Hospital in Oelwein where he was later pronounced dead.
Authorities declined to comment further, as the investigation is ongoing, though they confirmed that further charges may be pending.
"Chris Soules was involved in an accident Monday evening (April 24) 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," said Soules' rep in a statement on Tuesday afternoon. "His thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Mosher's family.”
Soules starred on season 19 of The Bachelor in 2015 after competing as a finalist on Andi Dorfman's season of The Bachelorette. He and his final pick, Whitney Bischoff, ended their engagement in May 2015. (ABC declined to comment.)
KWWL reported that his preliminary hearing is set for May 2. He is being represented by attorneys Sean Spellman and Molly Spellman of West Des Moines, Iowa.
If convicted, he could face up to five years in prison.
Iowa court records show that Soules was convicted of operating a vehicle while intoxicated in 2006, according to the AP.
On Wednesday, the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office released the 911 call. In the audio, Soules is heard calling in the accident before fleeing the scene and telling the dispatcher he rear-ended a tractor, which is now in a ditch.
When the dispatcher asks if the driver, Mosher, is breathing, Soules is heard saying, "I don't know. He doesn't appear to be."
Soules, who is heard panting heavily, then asks bystanders to administer CPR, since he says he doesn't know how to. Soules tells the dispatcher he has found a pulse and asks if he can call them back before the line cuts out. (Listen to the audio above.)
April 26, 12:35 p.m. ET: Updated with 911 call.