Chris Soules should not face charges stemming from a fatal car crash that the “Bachelor” alum was involved in last week, Soules’ lawyers contended in court papers filed on Monday.
Soules, who last week was arrested and charged in Iowa with leaving the scene of an accident where a death occurred, has now filed a motion to dismiss, contending that he satisfied the Iowa code governing conduct in such instances.
According to the court papers, filed in Iowa district court, Soules — who gained notoriety as “Prince Farming” on the reality series — Soules “unhesitatingly identified himself and his role in the accident” in a 911 call and “tried his utmost to resuscitate” the victim, 66-year-old Kenneth Eugene Mosher.
“Mr. Soules described the location of the accident and communicated with dispatch for approximately 5 minutes and 45 seconds while help was en route,” Monday’s court papers read. “The evidence will further show that emergency responders arrived on the scene shortly after Mr. Soules concluded his 911 call. Mr. Soules remained on the scene with those emergency responders for several more minutes before returning to his home.”
Soules’ legal team contends that the Iowa code in question pertains to a person “concealing or attempting to conceal the identity of one involved in an automobile accident wherein personal injuries are sustained” — which, the papers say, is not the case for Soules.
The Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office told TheWrap last week that Soules was taken into custody after the pickup truck he was driving rear-ended a John Deere tractor at around 8 p.m. on Monday night.
TheWrap has learned that Soules was taken into custody by the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office in Iowa after the pickup truck he was driving rear-ended a John Deere tractor at around 8 p.m. on Monday night.
Soules was arrested at his home near Arlington, Iowa, and charged with leaving the scene of an accident where a death occurred. He was taken to Buchanan County Jail where he was released on a $10,000 bond.
A subsequent statement released by Soules’ representative noted that the reality TV personality was “devastated” by the fatal incident.
“Chris Soules was involved in an accident Monday evening (April 24) in a rural part of Iowa near his home,” the statement read.. “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.”
Pamela Chelin contributed to his report.