According to the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office, Soules, who starred on season 19 of the hit ABC reality series, was charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident — a Class D felony punishable by up to five years in prison. Soules, 35, was not charged with driving under the influence, although TMZ obtained court documents that allegedly indicate he was in possession of alcoholic beverage containers at the time of the collision.
Soules rear-ended a John Deere tractor with his pickup truck — a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado — near Aurora in Buchanan County on Monday around 8:20 p.m. According to the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office, both vehicles, going southbound at the time of the crash, ended up in roadside ditches. Soules was uninjured and left the scene of the accident prior to law enforcement arrival. The person driving the tractor was rushed to Mercy Hospital in Oelwein, where he was pronounced dead.
Soules appeared at the Buchanan County Courthouse for his arraignment on Tuesday morning. He was released from Buchanan County Jail after posting a $10,000 bond. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for May 2.
Soules starred in “The Bachelor” in 2015 after appearing on “The Bachelorette” season 10, starring Andi Dorfman, during the previous year. He proposed to contestant Whitney Bischoff on the “Bachelor” finale, but the duo later broke off their engagement. Since then, he’s appeared on other reality conceptions, including “Dancing With the Stars” and “Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition.”
ABC declined to comment.