Chris Soules is a Hero, Lawyers Sort of Claim in Statement
Earlier this week, Chris Soules was arrested in Iowa and charged with leaving the scene of a fatality motor vehicle accident.
This is not in dispute. It’s a matter of police and public record.
But lawyers for the ex-Bachelor star explain in a new statement that this charge should not be confused with Soules fleeing the scene of said accident, as many outlets have claimed over the past few days.
This was not a hit-and-run, the attorneys note.
Soules feels horrible about slamming his pickup truck into a tractor and killing the tractor’s driver on Sunday night, a 68-year old named Kenneth Mosher.
But the former reality star did not panic and speed away from the crash site in any sort of attempt to absolve himself of responsibility or pretend the incident did not happen.
His legal team wants to make that claim, and they point to the 911 call Soules made as evidence.
“Soules’ 911 call, released yesterday, proved that the initial knee-jerk coverage of this accident was incorrect,” reads the statement from the legal team.
“While initial reports suggested Soules fled the scene, the 911 call confirms that Soules in fact was the one who contacted law enforcement immediately.
“During the call, he clearly identified himself and explained his role in the terrible accident.”
“Soules attempted to resuscitate Mr. Mosher and remained on the scene with him until emergency medical personnel arrived.”
Take a listen to the 911 call for yourself:
“He’s not conscious,” says Soules in the video above.
The Iowa farmer also identifies himself when asked by the dispatcher and tells the operator that it’s unclear whether or not Mosher is breathing.
He remains on the line for multiple minutes.
At one point, Soules can be heard asking others at the scene if they know CPR.
Later, a person on the recording can be heard counting out what sounds like CPR.
Sadly, the life-saving action was not successful, as Mosher was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead shortly after medics arrived.
In a previous statement, Soules said (through a rep) that he was “devastated” by the fatal outcome, while his lawyers emphasize here that he “offers his sincere condolences to the Mosher family.”
If Soules was willing to stick around and try to help Mosher, while did he end up leaving the scene before police arrived?
Why did he tell cops they could not enter his house until they had obtained a search warrant?
Most likely because authorities discovered containers of alcohol in Soules’ truck after they obtained said warrant.
By the time they took Soules into custody and tested his blood-alcohol level, several hours had elapsed since the time of the accident.
It’s therefore unlikely that Soules failed this test, meaning he’ll avoid an additional charge of driving under the influence. This is crucial for the star.
Soules has an extensive criminal record, including multiple traffic violations and DUI citations; if prosecutors could prove he was drunk at the time of the accident, he’d be facing the VERY series charge of vehicular manslaughter.
So, in conclusion, Soules likely did all he could to assist Mosher at the accident scene and then went home to sober up.
Brandon Brown, of the Iowa law firm Parrish Kruidenier, released the latest statement on Thursday, saying that he and his colleagues are reviewing all aspects of this sad incident and have filed paperwork demanding that law enforcement “preserve possible evidence.”
He added that it’s likely that they will file further motions next week, as the legal team is “exploring the possibility of a gag order to prevent further misinformation from prejudicing Soules’ right to a fair trial.”
For now, a preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 2.
If convicted of the felony charge against him, Soules could be sentenced to as much as five years in jail under Iowa law.
ABC has declined to comment on anything regarding the case.
Soules, for those unaware, first appeared on The Bachelorette with Andi Dorfman, then was named The Bachelor for Season 19 in 2015; and then competed on Dancing With the Stars.