Police found empty and partially consumed opened alcohol containers in Chris Soules’s truck after the “Bachelor” star rear-ended a tractor, killing a farmer, last week, according to court documents filed Tuesday. Soules allegedly purchased the alcohol “shortly before the accident,” on a road near his Iowa farm, the filing said.
Defense lawyers argue the charge of fleeing the scene of a fatal accident is “premature” since Soules called 911, gave his name, admitted hitting the tractor. He then tried to give the dying man medical help before driving home.
But Soules allegedly refused to answer his door for hours when deputies knocked, preventing them from testing his blood-alcohol level. He has not been charged with drunk driving.
Nancy Grace debates the Soules case with criminal defense lawyer Brian Claypool in this “Crime Stories” episode. Claypool, a nationally known criminal defense lawyer, is currently representing Dalia Dippolito in her third trial on a 2009 murder-for-trial in Florida.