Earlier this week, the 35-year-old fled the scene of a motor vehicle accident in his home state of Iowa that left one person dead. Chris rear-ended a tractor on Monday, April 24 and the tractor fell into a ditch, killing 66-year-old local farmer Kenneth Mosher. But even though previous reports suggested that he was drunk at the time of the crash, he has not been charged with any alcohol-related offenses.
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“The truck Chris was driving was one of the old work trucks they had on the land there,” a source revealed to Entertainment Tonight. “Not his everyday truck. He was near his land when the crash happened.”
According to documents obtained by ET, Buchanan County officials stated that Chris “possessed alcoholic beverages/containers” at the time of the crash — but he has not been charged drunk driving. He was arrested and charged with a class D felony of Leaving the Scene of a Fatality Motor Vehicle Accident on Tuesday, April 25 — but he since posted $10,000 bail.
“My family and I are overwhelmed with this tragedy, but we are sticking together and we’ll get through it,” Chris said in a statement obtained by In Touch shortly after his release. “Thank you for reaching out.”
Previously released audio of his 911 call revealed that he tried to help Kenneth after the crash and checked his pulse, but sources claimed that Chris was “in shock” and that’s why he fled the scene.
“[His relative] was nearby on their land and heard the crash,” the source alleged. “Then, [Soules and his relative] left at some point.”
Chris is currently wearing an ankle bracelet as he awaits his next court appearance, which is scheduled for May 2 — and he has to report to a probation officer. He also was required to turn in his passport, which means he will not be filming a Bachelor-related special that he was scheduled to appear on that takes place outside of the country — which is believed to be Bachelor in Paradise.