Podcast: Can 'Bachelor' Chris Soules avoid jail time for fatal crash?

Posted May 04, 2017

Prosecutors are resisting the defense's motion to throw out criminal charges in the case of a fatal crash involving a reality TV star, and alleging he attempted to hide details about possible alcohol involvement in the collision.

Soules was arrested early in the morning of April 25, about five hours after the crash that killed Kenneth Mother, who was an acquaintance of Soules and his family, Hollywood Life said.

Papers files by Soules' lawyers on Monday contended that the "Bachelor" alum should not face charges, stating that Soules satisfied the Iowa code governing conduct in such cases.

Prosecutors say Soules was not clear about the facts surrounding the deadly crash including how intoxicated he was at the time.

Soules allegedly purchased the alcohol "shortly before the accident", on a road near his Iowa farm, the filing said.

Chris Soules was arrested for leaving the scene of a fatal auto crash.

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According to Soules' team, he fulfilled his legal obligation by calling 911 after the crash.

Police issued him tickets for leaving the scene of a property damage accident and a stop sign violation.

The state also argues that the motion to dismiss has been filed prematurely and that such a motion should come after Soules is formally charged, which will occur when the trial information is filed at a later date. As we previously reported, Mr. Soules is now trying to have the felony charge for the fatal accident he was involved in dismissed as the reality TV vet supposedly did "everything right" following the crash. "Ultimately, Mr. Soules' 911 call establishes probable cause does not exist for the charge against Mr. Soules". "Mr. Soules remained on the scene with those emergency responders for several more minutes before returning to his home", his attorneys wrote.

Chief District Court Judge Kellyann M. Lekar was assigned Soules' case Monday on a "preliminary basis", according to court documents.

Soules is due for his first hearing in Buchanan County Court May 9.

Soules was initially held on a $10,000 bond, which he posted.