Chris Soules Accused Of Buying Alcohol, Prosecution Claims
New information continues to come to the surface about former "Bachelor" Chris Soules' alleged hit-and-run car accident this past week, in which he reportedly left the scene of a deadly crash.
Soules was reportedly driving a Chevy pickup truck in Iowa when he allegedly ran another driver and vehicle off the road, as reported by TMZ. A statement provided to Elite Daily by a representative for Soules said of the accident:
Chris Soules was involved in an accident Monday evening (April 24) in a rural part of Iowa near his home. He was devastated to learn that Kenneth Mosher, the other person in the accident, passed away. His thoughts and prayers and with Mr. Mosher's family.
According to Perezhilton.com, Soules claimed to have handled the tragic event appropriately by remaining with the victim until the EMT's arrived, calling 911 and checking for a pulse. However, prosecutors are now adding more claims to the case against him.
The prosecution claims the Iowa native bought alcohol before the accident and reportedly consumed it just before the crash.
In a new legal document, the prosecution alleges Soules avoided giving "an explanation" about "the empty and partially consumed open alcoholic beverages located in and around his vehicle that he was seen purchasing at a convenience store shortly before the accident."
However, there are no witnesses or video evidence of Soules purchasing the alcohol to support the claim. Additionally, officials were not able to test his blood alcohol content (BAC) or look for signs of intoxication when he left the scene of the crash. Elite Daily reached out to a representative for Soules on the allegation, who said:
Neither Mr. Soules nor his legal counsel will be responding to the numerous tabloid style articles and journalists who have been reporting false and misleading stories by citing “unnamed sources.” Rather, they will be focusing on presenting the truth, which will reveal how inaccurate and unfair so many of these news accounts have been. We are confident that the fair-minded citizens of Iowa will do what they've always done -- reserve judgment until all of the accurate information is properly presented.
Soules was initially held on a $10,000 bond, which he posted.
In Iowa, the law states a driver MUST stop after an accident. If they do not, like in the case of a hit-and-run, that person could face a class D felony charge and up to five years in prison.
The reality TV star is currently aiming to have the felony charge dropped, according to PerezHilton.com.
Right now, we send continued support to both Soules and Mosher's families.