Chris Soules Seen Buying Alcohol Before His Fatal Car Crash
However, Iowa prosecutors just filed documents maintaining the Bachelor 2015 star was seen purchasing alcohol shortly before the accident that killed 66-year-old farmer Kenneth Mosher.
Though the Dancing With the Stars alum’s lawyers say there’s no probable cause for the charge of fleeing the scene, pointing out he ID’d himself and attempted treatment during his 911 call, prosecutors are accusing him of attempting to conceal several facts surrounding the crash.
Among those things he apparently dodged were "an explanation of the empty and partially consumed open alcoholic beverages located in and around his vehicle that he was seen purchasing at a convenience store shortly before the accident."
The Buchanan County Attorney also notes they were unable to determine his “level of intoxication” at the time, as he left and was unable to be located for hours after the incident.
According to an E! News insider, he bought a 12-pack of Busch Light from Casey's General Store in Strawberry Point, Iowa, at around 7 p.m. — a little over an hour prior to the 8:20 p.m. crash.
Prior to this revelation, his “friends” rationalized him fleeing, saying he was “in shock.” They also had another explanation for why alcohol was in his truck.
“The truck Chris was driving was one of the old work trucks they had on the land there. Not his everyday truck. He was near his land when the crash happened,” the insider stated.
It doesn’t help his case when a story of his heavy drinking weeks prior is being peddled around.
Bartender Jennifer Stover tells In Touch she served the Iowa native at the Franklin Hotel on April 6, and he wasn’t going lightly on the booze.
“Chris had ordered five Jack and Coke doubles, and his friends had ordered him three whiskey shots with pickle juice to chase it,” she recalls.
Jennifer continues, “By the end of the night, Chris was slurring his words. I definitely do believe he was intoxicated.”
She also maintains the farmer was “bragging about his status” and how he’s no longer a “farm boy,” which is an interesting choice of words for someone still actively farming.
We’re going to reserve judgment until more evidence comes to light about the tragic day — something the Bachelor’s legal team insists will happen.
In the meantime, our prayers are with the family of the deceased as well as the Soules family during this difficult time.