Soules was the Season 19 star of ABC’s dating competition show after finishing third on Season 10 of The Bachelorette with star Andi Dorfman in 2014. Soules proposed to fertility nurse Whitney Bischoff in the finale of his show; they split about six months later. Soules also appeared on Dancing With the Stars in 2015.
An Iowa farmer in Buchanan County when not on TV, Soules struck a tractor driven by a neighbor on April 24 last year in northern Iowa, sending it into a ditch. He called 911 and waited for first responders, but left before police arrived. He was charged with felony hit and run when the tractor driver died at a local hospital. Court documents claimed alcoholic beverages or containers were found at the scene of the crash.
The Iowa State Patrol said Soules fled on foot after the 8:20 PM wreck, which occurred about 15 miles south of Soules’ farm in Arlington.
Soules contended Iowa law doesn’t require fatal wreck surviving drivers to wait for police. But state prosecutors say it does. Soules previously asked a judge to dismiss the case but the judge declined last month and Soules appealed.
The Class D felony carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison and a $7,000 fine.