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Reality Star Charged With Leaving the Scene of an Accident; Other Drive Died

September 4, 2019 Criminal Law and Procedure

Chris Soules, the previous star of ABC’s The Bachelor, was convicted of leaving the scene of a personal injury accident in 2018. After staring on The Bachelor and Dancing with the Stars Soules returned to his daily life as a farmer in Iowa. He states he was on his way to pick up an employee when the fatal accident occurred.

Soules was driving at night when he accidentally hit Kenneth Mosher who was on his tractor. The incident resulted in Mosher’s death. Mosher did not have any lights on his tractor at the time of the accident. Soules reports calling 911 immediately and informing his hired crew and father that help was needed. After an ambulance arrived Soules left the scene and retreated to his residence. He was arrested shortly after.

Was Driving Under the Influence (DUI), Driving While Intoxicated (DWI), or Operating While Impaired (OWI) to Blame?

Since the reality TV star left the scene so abruptly authorities questioned if alcohol or another impairing substance had a role to play in the accident. Opened alcoholic containers were found in the vehicle driven by Soules at the time of the accident. The former Bachelor, however, states alcohol had no part in the tragic fatality. He claims the alcoholic containers belonged to his employees and were not his. Reportedly the vehicle was not registered under his name and was used in his farm business regularly by 15 different employees. He claims the alcoholic containers could have belonged to anyone. Four different parties attested that Soules did not appear to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs that night.

The Outcome

Soules plead guilty to leaving the scene of a personal injury accident and is serving 2 years of probation. The charge is a misdemeanor. However, Soules states the ultimate charge is living with this horrific incident for the rest of his life.

What’s the law in Michigan if you’re involved in an accident?

In Michigan if you are involved in an accident you are legally responsible to stop, call authorities, render aid, and exchange your information with the other party involved.

ArborYpsi Law Takeaways

Due to Soules reality TV past he was quickly judged for leaving the scene of an accident. However, Soules did the right thing by calling 911 and asking for help. He waited for EMS to arrive and then proceeded to leave. His only fault was leaving the scene before authorities assessed the situation. This lead to speculation that he was Driving Under the Influence (DUI) of alcohol or impaired by another drug. It is completely understandable that he left after an ambulance arrived. He was panicked and under the impression that Mosher was being properly cared for. We are too quick to judge others that endure life altering experiences like the one described above. After all how would you react if something like this happened? Soules reacted appropriately and should not be judged so harshly in the public eye. The facts are four other individuals testified that he was not drunk or impaired at the scene and the vehicle he was driving was driven regularly by 15 of his employees.

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Sam Bernstein practices criminal defense law in the Ann Arbor area. He fights for clients charged with misdemeanors and felonies.

ArborYpsi Law is located at 4158 Washtenaw Ave. Ann Arbor, MI 48108.

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