'Bachelor' star Chris Soules plans appeal after judge denies motion to dismiss charge
BUCHANAN COUNTY, Iowa (KGAN) - A judge has denied Chris Soules' motion to dismiss a charge against him for his role in a deadly crash, but the reality star plans to appeal that decision.
A judge made a decision to deny the motions filed on Sept. 19 and Nov. 13 on Friday.
The 36-year-old former "The Bachelor" star is accused of leaving the scene of a fatal accident after driving his truck into a tractor on April 24. Kenneth Mosher, 66, died as a result after his tractor rolled into a ditch. Soules made the original 911 call but left the scene as first responders arrived. He was found and arrested at his home five hours later.
Soules' defense argued the charge of "failing to remain" at the scene of a fatal crash should be thrown out because he made the 911 call and performed CPR before he left the scene. Judge Andrea Dryer denied the motion to dismiss on the basis that remaining on the scene of the crash did not self-incriminate Soules as his defense argued.
In a statement, Soules' defense declared they intend to appeal the judge's decision to the Iowa Supreme Court.
"In response to the ruling, Mr. Soules’ attorneys again emphasized that Mr. Soules indisputably called 911, identified himself, explained his role in this tragic accident, and tried to save Mr. Mosher. Attorney Brandon Brown noted that the Iowa Supreme Court has never considered whether such actions can rightfully be punished as a “hit and run.” Mr. Soules and his attorneys vigorously disagree with the judge’s ruling and plan to appeal to give the Iowa Supreme Court the opportunity to review this important issue."
His trial is scheduled to start Jan. 18. He has pleaded not guilty. If convicted, Soules faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $7,500 fine.
You can read the filing written by Dryer below: