BUCHANAN COUNTY, Iowa (WFLA/5 News) — Former “Bachelor” star Chris Soules was expected to be sentenced Tuesday after a plea deal in connection with a deadly crash in Iowa in April 2017.
However, both prosecutors and the defense needed more pre-sentence reports and the judge agreed.
According to documents, the reality TV star was driving a car when he crashed into another vehicle on Slater Avenue in northern Iowa. Another person involved in the crash died at the scene.
Soules called 911 to report his crash that killed a fellow Iowa farmer, seeking medical help for the man before he allegedly left the scene.
Soules told the dispatcher that he “rear-ended a guy on a tractor” with his pickup truck near the northern Iowa town of Aurora, according to a recording of the call.
Soules, who appeared on the hit ABC reality show, said the man had been thrown into a ditch, wasn’t conscious, and didn’t appear to be breathing. He told the dispatcher that he didn’t know CPR, and he could be heard asking others who were there if they did. The audio then indicates that someone tried to perform CPR on the man, but it’s unclear whether it was Soules. Soules said the man had a pulse and had blood coming from his mouth.
The 6-minute call ends when Soules asks whether he can call back and hangs up. The tractor driver, a 66-year-old local farmer named Kenneth Mosher, was later pronounced dead at a hospital.
Authorities say Soules left the scene in another truck — it’s unclear who was driving — before emergency responders arrived. He was arrested about five hours later at his farm in nearby Arlington, which is about 75 miles (120 kilometers) north of Iowa City. He was booked on a charge of leaving the scene of a deadly crash and released on bond hours later on the condition that he surrender his passport and wear an ankle monitor until his trial.
Assistant Buchanan County Attorney Jenalee Zaputil said Soules refused to leave his home and it took hours for police to get a search warrant to go inside and arrest him.
Soules, 35, was a fan favorite when he participated in “The Bachelorette” in 2014, so ABC brought him back as “The Bachelor” the next year. He proposed to a Chicago contestant, Whitney Bischoff, at the end of his season, but their relationship soon fizzled. Soules later appeared on “Dancing With The Stars” and has served as a spokesman for agricultural interests while working in farm real estate.