'Bachelor' Star Chris Soules Charged With Leaving the Scene of a Fatal Car Accident
By Antoinette Bueno
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Bachelor star Chris Soules made his first court appearance on Tuesday in Iowa after getting into a car crash on Monday night, which left one person dead.
Soules was seen by a judge in Buchanan County, Iowa, a spokesperson for the Buchanan County Sheriff's Office tells ET. According to authorities, he was read the official complaint and asked if he understood it, he said yes, and then was given a $10,000 bond. Authorities say Soules also had to turn in his passport because he was apparently planning to film out of the country soon for a Bachelor-related event.
As of now, Soules has been officially charged are leaving the scene of a fatal accident with further charges pending as police continue to investigate. Soules was released from custody after posting the $10,000 bond and will have to wear an ankle bracelet monitor. His next court date is scheduled for May 2.
In a statement to ET, Soules rep said, "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. His thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Mosher's family.”
According to police, Soules -- who is from Arlington, Iowa -- fled the scene of a car collision that occurred around 8:20 p.m. on Monday. The Iowa State Patrol crash report claims that Soules was driving a Chevy pickup truck 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 the driver died. Soules was arrested at 1:16 a.m. on Tuesday morning and was taken into police custody.
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." Soules has not been charged with any alcohol-related offense at this time.
ET can also confirm that Soules has had at least 14 other run-ins with the law in Iowa, dating back to 1998, according to state 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.
Soules appeared on season 19 of The Bachelor in 2015, and became engaged to Whitney Bischoff on the show. The pair has since split. He was also a contestant on Dancing With the Stars season 20.