Chris Soules: Wearing Ankle Bracelet, Desperate to Avoid Jail Time
Earlier this week, fans of The Bachelor were shocked to learn that former series star Chris Soules was arrested after fleeing the scene of a fatal hit-and-run accident.
The accident claimed the life of a 66-year-old farmer Kenneth Mosher, and Soules is reportedly particularly distraught, as he’s known the victim and his family for much of his life.
Soules has been released on $ 10,000 bond after spending one night in custody, but with each new detail that emerges it looks more and more like the 35-year-old will eventually wind up back behind bars.
Today, Radar Online is reporting that authorities in Soules’ Iowa hometown are investigating the accident as a criminal matter and have not ruled out the possibility that alcohol was a factor in the crash.
The site reports that Soules is wearing an ankle bracelet these days, as the judge in his case has deemed him to be a flight risk.
Law enforcement officials have been tight-lipped, but Buchanan County Sheriff Bill Wolfgram confirms that the investigation into Soules behavior leading up to the accident is ongoing:
“We’re continuing with Iowa State Patrol to investigate the accident by recreating the crash,” Wolfgram tells Radar.
“At this time that’s basically where we’re at.”
An insider close to the case confirmed to Us Weekly today that Soules has been wearing a monitoring device ever since his release:
“Chris has a location-monitoring device on his leg and had to surrender his passport,” says the insider.
“Chris hasn’t left his house yet. His family has been by his side.”
Unfortunately for Soules, even if he’s cleared of driving recklessly or under the influence, he might still face criminal charges due to his behavior immediately following the accident.
Attorneys for Soules say he did not comprehend the severity of the accident at the time fled fled the scene.
However, there have been reports that Soules not only checked Mosher’s pulse, but had a friend pick him up following the crash so that he would be able to ditch his vehicle.
Sherriff Wolfgram says both of those claims are currently under investigation.
We’ll have further updates on this story as more information becomes available.