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Chris Soules, who previously appeared on ABC’s hit reality matchmaking series The Bachelor as the titular stag eligible, has hired a legal defense team following his arrest earlier this week for leaving the scene of a deadly car crash in Iowa.
The reality star was charged with leaving the scene of a fatal motor vehicle accident, which is a Class D felony in the state of Iowa. On Wednesday, the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office released the 911 call from the incident. 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.
Soules has retained attorneys Alfredo Parrish, Brandon Brown and Gina Messamer of the Des Moines, Iowa, law firm Parrish Kruidenier to represent him in the case.
“Soules’ 911 call, released yesterday, proved that the initial knee-jerk coverage of this accident was incorrect,” the star’s defense team wrote in a statement. “While initial reports suggested Soules fled the scene, the 911 call confirms that Soules in fact was the one who contacted law enforcement immediately. During the call, he clearly identified himself and explained his role in the terrible accident. Soules attempted to resuscitate Mr. Mosher and remained on the scene with him until emergency medical personnel arrived.
In the audio from the 911 call, the dispatcher asks if the driver, Mosher, is breathing, and Soules is heard saying, “I don’t know. He doesn’t appear to be.” Soules is heard panting heavily, then asks bystanders to administer CPR, since he says he doesn’t know how. Soules tells the dispatcher he has found a pulse and asks if he can call them back before the line cuts out.
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.
The defense team stated they are “exploring the possibility of a gag order to prevent further misinformation” as Soules‘ celebrity status has led to a “heightened level of interest” in the case. The defense has also filed a demand asking law enforcement to preserve possible evidence.
Soules starred on season 19 of The Bachelor in 2015 after competing as a finalist on Andi Dorfman’s season of The Bachelorette in 2014. Boules and his final pick, Whitney Bischoff, ended their brief engagement in May 2015.
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