Chris Soules Bought Alcohol, Was Drinking Before Fatal Crash: Prosecutors

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Chris Soules bought alcohol and was drinking before his fatal crash, according to prosecutors. The allegations were made in a new court filing this week.

As Gossip Cop reported, Soules wants the felony charge against him dismissed. Though he was charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident, his attorneys on Monday filed a request for the case to be thrown out. In the petition, the lawyers argued that Soules did not violate Iowa law because he immediately notified law enforcement, identified himself on a 911 call, and rendered aid to the victim, Kenneth Mosher. He only left the scene after paramedics arrived… but before cops reached the site, where alcoholic beverages were found in the reality star’s crashed truck.

Police ultimately tracked Soules down at his house, but he allegedly refused to come out for several hours. When he was eventually taken into custody, the former “Bachelor” star submitted to blood and urine tests. But in the new legal documents, the prosecution alleges Soules purposefully avoided turning himself in so time would allow the toxicity levels in his blood and urine to go down.

In its response to what it calls a “premature” dismissal motion from the defense, the Buchanan County Attorney’s Office claims some of the alcohol containers in Soules’ truck were empty and partially consumed. It is also alleged that he purchased the alcohol “shortly before” the collision, at a convenience store. And while Soules’ legal team says he satisfactorily provided information about his identity and the accident, prosecutors counter that he did “attempt to obfuscate the immediate facts and circumstances surrounding the accident.”

It’s noted that Soules did not return to the scene of the accident nor tell law enforcement where he could be found. The papers also say he gave no “explanation” for the “open alcoholic beverages located in and around his vehicle.” Furthermore, the prosecutors argue Soules was only permitted to leave the scene if he was getting aid or reporting the accident.

Soules’ camp maintains that he did both of that on site, and only left after reasonably responding to the situation. It’s worth noting, however, that his lawyers have not addressed the alleged alcohol containers, or the contention that they were recently purchased and Soules had been drinking prior to the collision. Soules has had a number of traffic-related violations in the past, including a DUI more than 10 years ago. At this point, though, it may be impossible to officially determine if he was drunk at the time of deadly crash.

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