Former 'Bachelor' Star Chris Soules Arrested After Fatal Car Crash
By Jackie Willis
Chris Soules is in police custody after getting into a deadly car crash in Iowa, a spokesperson for the Buchanan County Sheriff's Office tells ET.
According to police, the former star of The Bachelor -- who is from Arlington, Iowa -- fled the scene of a car collision on Monday night at 8:20 pm that resulted in a death. Soules -- who appeared on season 19 of The Bachelor in 2015 and was also a contestant on Dancing With the Stars -- was arrested at 1:16 a.m. on Tuesday morning at his residence and spent the night in the jail.
Soules appeared in court Tuesday morning, the Sheriff’s department confirmed.
The Iowa State Patrol crash report claims that Soules was driving a Chevy pickup truck when when he allegedly rear-ended a John Deere tractor trailer. The person driving the tractor trailer was taken in an ambulance to the hospital, where they died.
According to the criminal complaint, obtained by ET, the general probable cause lists "admission/statements, caused property damage, operating motor vehicles, possessed alcoholic beverage/containers, identified by witnesses, near scene of crime and caused personal injury." He has not been charged with any alcohol-related offense at this time.
On April 10, the 35-year-old reality star posted a photo to Instagram and Twitter of his truck, writing: "This is not a promo for Chevy Trucks... just another day in #godscountry #farmlife #iowa #iowaviews."
Soules' rep, Stan Rosenfield, released a statement to ET on Tuesday afternoon, after the reality star was released from jail. "Chris Soules was involved in an accident on Monday evening, April 24, in a rural part of Iowa near his home," reads the statement. "He was devastated to learn that Kenneth Mosher, the other person in the accident, passed away. His thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Mosher's family.”
ABC has no comment.
ET can confirm that Soules has had at least 14 other run-ins with the law in Iowa, dating back to 1998, according to Iowa court records. The majority of the offenses are vehicle-related including speeding and running stop signs. He also pleaded guilty in 2006 to operating a vehicle while intoxicated.
Last month, ET spoke with Soules about the possibility of him joining ABC's Bachelor in Paradise. "I've already been asked, and I don't know what to do," he confessed. Here's more of ET's interview with the TV star: