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Chris Soules Wants Felony Charge Dismissed In Fatal Crash

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Chris Soules Dismiss Felony Charge

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Chris Soules Dismiss Felony Charge

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Chris Soules wants the felony charge against him stemming from his fatal crash dismissed. The former “Bachelor” star’s attorneys filed a motion for dismissal on Monday.

As Gossip Cop reported, Soules was arrested last week hours after he rear-ended a tractor in Iowa. The man driving the tractor, 66-year-old Kenneth Mosher, died from his injuries. Although Soules called 911, he left the collision site before police arrived. When he was later tracked down at his home, he had a standoff with cops, initially refusing to come out.

Soules was ultimately taken into custody and arraigned on the charge of leaving the scene of a fatal accident, a class D felony. He was released on $10,000 bond. But now the reality star’s lawyers are arguing he should not face criminal prosecution for the tragedy. In court papers furnished to Gossip Cop, the legal team argues there is not probable cause for Soules to face the charge because he “satisfied” his legal duty in the aftermath of the accident.

The legal documents point out that Soules not only called 911, but identified himself and checked on Mosher’s condition, determining he had a pulse. It is also noted that Soules remained for a few minutes after emergency responders arrived, and the lawyers take issue with the charging officer’s report not mentioning these details. The petition details Iowa law on the matter of leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death, and spells out why Soules did not violate it, since he both identified himself and rendered assistance before taking off.

“The information provided by Mr. Soules’ during his 911 call fulfilled the requirements of the reporting statutes. Not only did Mr. Soules satisfy the letter of the law, he satisfied the spirit. He gave law enforcement on-the-spot identification and location information and reasonably provided treatment to Mr. Mosher,” the lawyers say. His attorneys later conclude, “Because probable cause does not exist to establish Mr. Soules committed the charged offense, the prosecution against him must dismiss.”

As Gossip Cop previously reported, on Friday the legal team successfully asked a judge to seal the warrants related to the case to prevent details from leaking to the media. With the investigation continuing, police wanted to find the getaway car in which Soules left the scene, and sought access to the results of his blood testing. But since the blood was collected so long after the incident, it may not accurately reflect whether Soules was intoxicated at the time of the crash. Cops said alcohol was found in his truck, which lay in a ditch after the collision.

Last Thursday, Soules’ rep released a statement urging the public not to “prejudge” the case, and insisting, “”His attorneys are confident that once all the evidence is made public, it will show Soules acted reasonably and did everything in his power to provide aid to Mr. Mosher.” This new motion now addresses that in length. There will be a hearing to determine whether Soules’ dismissal request is granted, although the preliminary hearing that was set fr Tuesday may now be postponed. In prior comments, the Sheriff’s Department did not rule out the possibility of additional charges. Gossip Cop will continue to have updates.

 


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