Lawyers for Chris Soules — who was “The Bachelor” on season 19 of the ABC show — are asking the court to dismiss a charge against Soules that claims he failed to remain at the scene of a car accident, People reported.
Iowa authorities claim that Soules, 35, left the scene of a fatal car accident that resulted in the death of 66-year-old Kenneth Mosher, a veteran. But Soules’ attorneys say that the charges are unfounded.
“Because Mr. Soules indisputably stopped his vehicle, returned to the injured driver, contacted law enforcement, provided aid to the injured driver, arranged for medical treatment for the injured driver, remained until emergency personnel responded to the injured party, and provided identification data, the State’s charge must be dismissed,” court documents by Soules’ attorneys said.
Soules also attempted to resuscitate Mosher with CPR, his lawyers claimed.
“Mr. Soules checked on Mr. Mosher to determine if he was conscious and breathing,” his lawyers claimed. “Mr. Soules then administered CPR to Mr. Mosher, reporting to dispatch that Mr. Mosher had blood coming out of his mouth.”
Soules was arrested on April 25 at 1:16 AM after the deadly car crash. He was not charged with driving under the influence, though authorities said that he was near alcoholic beverages and containers.
Soules had no drugs or alcohol in his system at the time of the crash, his legal team claimed, after the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation tested both his blood and urine for toxins.
Iowa State Patrol said that Soules fled the scene and was arrested at a house, from which he refused to leave until officers obtained a search warrant.
The state prosecutor said, “At no point did Mr. Soules come out of the house, or cooperate with law enforcement at any point in trying to get in contact with him regarding this individual and the [fatal] accident.”
[Images: Getty, Buchanan County Sheriff's Office]