Chris Soules Previously Charged With Driving While Intoxicated in 2005 and Other Run-Ins With the Law
By Antoinette Bueno
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It turns out Bachelor star Chris Soules' arrest on Tuesday after getting involved in a fatal car crash on Monday night isn't his first brush with the law.
Soules, 35, was officially charged on Tuesday with leaving the scene of a fatal accident. In a statement, the Buchanan County Sheriff's Office says they are conducting an investigating into the cause of the accident and further charges may be pending.
According to police, he 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, identified as Kenneth Moser, was taken in an ambulance to the hospital, where he 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." Soules has not been charged with any alcohol-related offense at this time.
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.
Below is a list of Soules' confirmed offenses:
Oct. 15, 1998: Soules was found guilty of speeding in a 55 mph or under zone and paid a fine.
Feb. 24, 2000: Soules was found guilty of speeding in a 55 mph or under zone and paid a fine.
Jan. 31, 2001: Soules, who was 19 at the time, was found guilty of possession of alcohol while underage and paid a fine.
March 18, 2001: Soules was found guilty of failing to maintain control of his vehicle and paid a fine.
April 6, 2001: Soules was once again found guilty of possession of alcohol while underage and paid a fine.
Aug. 4, 2001: Once again, the still 19-year-old Soules was found guilty of possession of alcohol while underage, as well as having an open container of alcohol and running a stop sign. He also pleaded guilty to speeding in a 55 mph zone and paid a fine.
Jan. 26, 2002: Soules was found guilty for fighting and noise, as well as an unlawful use of his license, and paid a fine.
Feb. 22, 2002: Soules was found guilty of leaving a scene, as well as for a stop sign/yield sign violation, and paid a fine.
June 22, 2004: Soules was found guilty of failing to comply with safety regulation rules and paid a fine.
2006: Soules pleaded guilty for operating a vehicle while intoxicated. As part of his sentence, he was fined $500 and served one year of probation.
Nov. 8, 2006: Soules was charged with speeding in a 55 mph or under zone, though it was eventually dismissed by the court.
Dec. 19, 2009: Soules pleaded guilty to speeding in 30, 40, 50 mph zones and paid a fine.
Nov. 12, 2010: Soules pleaded guilty to a registration violation and paid a fine.
Jan. 10, 2012: Soules pleaded guilty to speeding in a 25 mph zone and paid a fine.
April 25, 2017: Soules -- who appeared on season 19 of The Bachelor in 2015 and was also a contestant on Dancing With the Stars season 20 -- was arrested at 1:16 a.m. on April 25, 2017, at his residence and spent the night in jail. He was released from jail on $10,000 bail, which was posted by his mother, Linda, a spokesperson for the Buchanan County Sheriff's Department confirmed to ET.
Soules' rep, Stan Rosenfield, also released a statement to ET following his release from jail. "Chris Soules was involved in an accident on Monday evening, April 24, in a rural part of Iowa near his home," the statement reads. "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."