…. was arraigned this morning in connection with a fatal collision with a tractor that left his elderly neighbor dead in Iowa Monday night.
The reality TV star appeared in court Tuesday and was charged with leaving the scene of the crash. Court documents also indicate Soules was in possession of alcoholic beverage containers at the time of the incident, which took place at around 8.20pm in Buchanan County.
Soules, 35, was accused of ‘slamming into a tractor and then fleeing the scene’. The driver, 66-year-old Kenneth Mosher, died after being rushed to the hospital.
Dressed in a lime-green jail garb, orange slippers and gray socks, Soules appeared before a judge in a Buchanan County courtroom Tuesday morning and was ordered held on $10,000 bond, reported the station KWWL.
Soules was released from jail at around midday after his mother, Linda, posted bond on his behalf, reported Des Moines Register. He will be required to surrender his passport and wear an electronic monitoring ankle bracelet until his trial, jail officials said.
Soules is due back in court for a preliminary hearing on May 2.
According to the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office, Soules has been charged with ‘leaving the scene of a fatal car accident that left one individual dead.’
The 35-year-old was driving a Chevy pickup at the time of the accident. He has posed with a grey Chevy Silverado on Instagram and has also recently posted a photo of a white Chevy.
According to the sheriff’s office, Soules rear-ended a John Deere tractor driven by Kenneth Mosher, his fellow farmer from Aurora, sending it into a ditch
Mosher, who reportedly was acquainted with Soules, died after he was taken to Mercy Hospital in Oelwein.
Soules left the scene of the accident, but kept his car at the site. It is not known if he left by foot or with the help of another driver.
Authorities said someone called 911 to report the crash, but they didn’t release the identity of the caller or audio of the call. Investigators spoke to multiple witnesses and determined that Soules caused the crash, according to a complaint.
He was arrested five hours later in Aurora. Buchanan County Attorney said Soules has not been cooperative with law enforcement.
Soules’ spokesman, Stan Rosenfield, issued a statement saying the Bachelor alum ‘was devastated’ to learn that Mosher died.
‘His thoughts and prayers and with Mr. Mosher’s family,’ said Rosenfield, who declined to comment further.
A relative of the victim, Richard Roepke, told RadarOnline he feels bad for Soules and his family.
‘It was huge mistake,’ he told the site. ‘That will haunt him for the rest of his life.’
The relative said Mosher, a husband, father and grandfather, will be remembered as a hardworking farmer whose passion was planting corn.
Mosher is survived by wife Nancy, their two sons and three grandchildren – two boys and a girl.