Chris Soules' legal team: No alcohol or drugs were detected in his system after fatal-accident arrest
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 06/20/2017
Chris Soules did not have alcohol or drugs in his system following the accident that killed Iowa native Kenneth Mosher.
The Season 19 The Bachelor star's legal team recently filed new documents obtained by People, stating, "A report issued by the Iowa Department of Criminal Investigation's (DCI) Criminalistics Laboratory, Mr. Soules' specimens were negative for drugs and alcohol."
"The DCI conducted thorough toxicology testing on two separate samples -- his urine and blood -- and conclusively determined no detectable amounts of alcohol or drugs were in either specimen," the documents filed on June 16 reportedly state.
"Furthermore, Mr. Soules has not been charged with any alcohol related offense. Rather, Mr. Soules has been charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident."
Soules was charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident when he rear-ended a farm tractor with his pickup truck on April 24 in Iowa, resulting in Mosher's death in the hospital at age 66.
TMZ had obtained the recording of Soules' 911 call, proving the reality TV star at least checked Mosher's pulse at the scene of the accident and waited for emergency responders to arrive before taking off with another driver -- who could also face charges -- in a different truck, as previously reported by the Associated Press.
Prosecutors have argued, however, Soules could only leave the scene to seek necessary aid or report the accident to law enforcement authorities, neither of which he allegedly did.
Soules was arrested at his home several hours after the crash, around 1AM on April 25, after he allegedly refused to come outside and police were forced to obtain a search warrant, The Des Moines Register reported. Soules was released from jail later that day when his mother Linda Soules posted his $10,000 bond.
Prosecutors previously pointed out that open alcoholic containers were discovered in and around Soules' truck at the time of the accident that were allegedly purchased at a convenience store "shortly before" he rear-ended a John Deere farm tractor, according to the newspaper.
According to the new documents obtained by People, however, Soules' legal team claims that the following are "not admissible" in the case: "Any evidence, testimony, reference, or argument that, on the night in question, Mr. Soules: 1) purchased alcohol, 2) consumed alcohol, 2) drove while impaired, or 3) had beer cans in or around his vehicle."
Soules' attorneys have also reportedly filed a motion that the above allegations may not be used in reference to the case or presented to a jury.
In addition, Soules' legal team has reportedly requested that Mosher, who died at Mercy Hospital in Oelwein, not be called a "victim" during the trial.
"Mr. Soules, like all other accused persons in the State of Iowa, is presumed innocent," the documents reportedly read.
"The State has not charged Mr. Soules with any crime asserting he is criminally responsible for the death of the decedent. Thus, it is wholly improper for the State or any witness to refer to the decedent as a 'victim' since such a reference inaccurately characterizes the events relevant to the instant charge."
Soules entered a not guilty plea in May to the charge of leaving the scene of the fatal accident in April.
In addition to starring on The Bachelor's 19th season, Soules also competed for Andi Dorfman on The Bachelorette's tenth season as well as Season 20 of Dancing with the Stars and the Food Network's Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition.