Chris Soules of “The Bachelor” fame was arrested for causing a deadly crash and leaving the scene earlier this week. He appeared on season 19 of the hit ABC TV show and was noted for his wholesome Iowa farmer image. Soules was involved in a fatal collision on Monday in northern Iowa that left the driver of a tractor dead. According to authorities Soules rear-ended the tractor sending it into a ditch. The 66-year-old driver of the tractor was pronounced dead at the hospital. Kenneth Mosher was a farmer from Aurora at the time of his death.
Soules was convicted in 2006 for driving under the influence. Alcohol was found at the scene in the fatal collision that occurred Monday night. Witnesses put Soules at the scene and stated that he left before authorities arrived. He was booked at the Buchanan County Jail. He was released on $10,000 bond and required to wear an alcohol monitoring device as a condition of release. The alcohol monitoring device measures any alcohol consumption. It is worn 24 hours a day, 7 days a week during the required monitoring period.
Soules rose to notoriety vying for Andi Dorfman’s love on “The Bachelorette.” He was asked to be “The Bachelor” on the following season. He ultimately chose Whitney Bischoff on the show, proposing to her in the finale but their ill-fated relationship ended shortly after the show ended.
The prominence of drunk driving accidents in Iowa has drawn attention from lawmakers. Many are asking for increased penalties in distracted driving cases and required alcohol monitoring through a SCRAM Continuous Alcohol Monitoring device for repeat offenders.