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Bachelor Chris Soules charged with leaving fatal accident; Bachelorette suitors’ DUIs, arrests

Bachelor Chris Soules charged with leaving fatal accident; Bachelorette suitors’ DUIs, arrests
Bachelor star Chris Soules' mug shot from the Buchanan County Sheriff's Office.

The Bachelor star Chris Soules was arrested early this morning following an accident in which Soules’ truck rear-ended a tractor and killed its driver, a 66-year-old man, Kenneth E. Mosher.

KWWL has video of Chris’ appearance in court, in which the judge says that he’s “charged with leaving the scene of an accident causing death,” which carries a penalty of up to five years in prison. A preliminary hearing will be held May 2.

The accident is still being investigated. The Courier reports:

“Investigators spoke to multiple witnesses and determined that Soules caused the crash and left the scene, according to a complaint, which doesn’t name the witnesses.

Alcohol was found at the scene, and investigators are trying to determine whose it was, said Sheriff Bill Wolgram. Court records show that Soules has had multiple driving  and alcohol-related convictions in the past, including a 2006 conviction for first-offense operating while intoxicated.”

The Bachelorette suitors’ backgrounds

Meanwhile, five of the new Bachelorette suitors—men currently filming Rachel Lindsay’s season—have made news for their past arrests.

Reality Steve has been publishing the names of Rachel’s suitors, and Radar has been looking into their pasts. So far they’ve found that:

  • Lucas Yancey “was arrested on December 21, 2007 and held on $50,000 bail,” Radar reported, and was “charged with DUI alcohol/drugs with bodily injury, DUI .08 alcohol with bodily injury, two counts of injury to multiple victims and six counts of infliction of great bodily injury.” He “was sentenced to 20 days in jail, three years probation and 500 hours of community service” and “ordered to pay $1,611 in fines and complete a first offender program.”
  • “William Elarbee, who goes by his middle name Blake, was arrested on December 13, 2010 for driving under the influence,” Radar reported. Blake was found guilty, paid fines and had his license suspended for six months.
  • Radar reported that Dr. Jonathan Treece “was charged with one count of leaving the scene of a crash with serious injuries and one count of leaving the scene of a crash involving damage on November 18, 2015.” The case was dismissed earlier this year.
  • Two of the suitors were arrested for underage drinking: Dean Unglert” “was arrested for underage possession and consumption of alcohol on December 22, 2010,” according to Radar, while Josiah Graham “was arrested on November 15, 2009 for disorderly conduct, possession of alcohol by person under 21 and open house party.” Both cases were dismissed.

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