Chris Soules’ Attorneys File Motion To Dismiss Charges

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The attorneys for reality star Chris Soules filed a motion to dismiss the felony charges against Chris for leaving the scene of the accident at Chris’ hearing today. They’re claiming that the 9-1-1 call he made shows that Soules satisfied the requirements of Iowa Code. {See Iowa Code 321.263. Information and Aid–Leaving Scene of Personal Injury Accident}

But the State of Iowa has filed a resistance to Chris Soules’ motion to dismiss. Court documents say that at Soules’ initial appearance on April 25, ‘it has already been determined that there is probable cause to believe that an offense has been committed and the defendant committed it’. The court has decided the motion to dismiss is premature.

Soules is charged with leaving the scene of an accident causing death following the April 24 accident in which Soules is accused of rear-ending Kenneth Mosher’s tractor. Mosher died as a result of the accident. Mr. Mosher’s funeral was held on Monday in Oelwein, IA.

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Buchanan County authorities released the 9-1-1 call on last Wednesday where Soules does identify himself; but he ends the call after the dispatcher confirms law enforcement is on the way to the scene. Authorities say Soules left the scene of the accident before they arrived. He was arrested at his home hours after the accident.

To add to Chris’ court problems, witnesses have come forward to say that they saw him buying beer that evening shortly before the crash at a local convenience store. Courts documents have Soules avoiding questions and explanations for the empty and open containers located in his truck, which he abandoned at the crash scene, and littering the scene itself.

Unfortunately, because Soules stood off law enforcement for at least five hours, only coming out when they got a warrant for his arrest, the court will more than likely not be able to prove that he was intoxicated at the time of the crash.

Soules’ next court appearance is scheduled for May 9 at 2 p.m.

Copied from coolice.legis.iowa.gov

321.263 INFORMATION AND AID — LEAVING SCENE OF PERSONAL INJURY

ACCIDENT.

1. The driver of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in

injury to or death of a person or damage to a vehicle which is driven

or attended by a person shall give the driver’s name, address, and

the registration number of the vehicle the driver is driving and

shall upon request and if available exhibit the driver’s driver’s

license to the person struck, the driver or occupant of, or the

person attending the vehicle involved in the accident and shall

render to a person injured in the accident reasonable assistance,

including the transporting or arranging for the transporting of the

person for medical treatment if it is apparent that medical treatment

is necessary or if transportation for medical treatment is requested

by the injured person.

2. If the accident causes the death of a person, all surviving

drivers shall remain at the scene of the accident except to seek

necessary aid or to report the accident to law enforcement

authorities. Before leaving the scene of the fatal accident, each

surviving driver shall leave the surviving driver’s driver’s license,

automobile registration receipt, or other identification data at the

scene of the accident. After leaving the scene of the accident, a

surviving driver shall promptly report the accident to law

enforcement authorities, and shall immediately return to the scene of

the accident or inform the law enforcement authorities where the

surviving driver can be located.

Written by Rhonda

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