Chris Soules, who was on the 19th season of The Bachelor, was arraigned in connection to a fatal collision with a tractor that left his elderly neighbor dead.
The reality star has been charged with leaving the scene after the crash. Court documents indicate Soules was in possession of alcoholic beverage containers during the crash.
He has been accused of “slamming into a tractor and then fleeing the scene”.
The driver of the tractor was 66-year-old Kenneth Mosher, who later died after being rushed to the hospital.
After Soules mother posted the $10,000 bond, he was released from jail. He is required to surrender his passport and wear an electronic monitoring ankle bracelet until his trial on May 2nd.
According to the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office, Soules has been charged with ‘leaving the scene of a fatal car accident that left one individual dead.’
The 35-year-old was driving a Chevy pickup at the time of the accident. He has posed with a grey Chevy Silverado on Instagram and has also recently posted a photo of a white Chevy.
According to the sheriff’s office, Soules rear-ended a John Deere tractor driven by Kenneth Mosher, his fellow farmer from Aurora, sending it into a ditch.
Soules left the scene of the accident, but kept his car at the site. It is not known if he left by foot or with the help of another driver.
Authorities said someone called 911 to report the crash, but they didn’t release the identity of the caller or audio of the call. Investigators spoke to multiple witnesses and determined that Soules caused the crash, according to a complaint.
He was arrested five hours later in Aurora. Buchanan County Attorney said Soules has not been cooperative with law enforcement.
Stan Rosefield, Soules’ spokesman, issued a statement saying Soules “was devastated” to learn that Mosher died.
“His thoughts and prayers and with Mr. Mosher’s family,” he said, declining further comment.
Mosher’s family must be strong people because a relative, Richard Roepke, came forward and said he feels bad for Soules and his family.
“It was huge mistake. That will haunt him for the rest of his life.”
He went on to say that the husband, father, and grandfather will be remembered as a hardworking farmer whose passion was planting corn.
Mosher had three grandchildren, two boys and a girl. He is also survived by his wife and their two sons.
Soules has a history of getting into trouble with the law. Before this incident, he was convicted in 2006 of a DUI and fined more than $500 with a year of probation.
Besides that conviction, Soules’ history of run-ins with the law stretches back to at least 1998 and includes more than a dozen guilty pleas on a slew of charges running the gamut from registration violations to brawling.
Nearly two decades ago, Soules, then a teenager, was convicted of speeding six to 10 miles over the speed limit and was sentenced to a fine.
In 2001, Soules was found guilty of underage drinking and failure to maintain control of a vehicle in two unrelated incidents. Both cases saw the future reality star get off with fines.
In May and August of that year, Soules was convicted twice of possession of alcohols under age. In the latter incident, he was also found guilty of driving with an open container of alcohol, running a stop sign and speeding. Those cases also resulted in fines.
In February 2002, Soules was convicted of fighting, and in March he was back in court on a charge of leaving the scene of an accident, which was later reduced to a count of defective brakes.
Soules stayed out of trouble for four years until his 2006 DUI conviction. A year later, he was found guilty of speeding, and the same charge brought him back to court in 2009.
In 2010, Soules was convicted and fined for a registration violation. Between that incident and his arrest on Monday, the celebrity farmer had no additional brushes with the law.
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