Chris Soules: Arrested For Fleeing Scene of Fatal Hit-and-Run Crash

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In shocking news out of Iowa, former Bachelor star Chris Soules was arrested Monday for leaving the scene of a fatal hit-and-run crash.

Soules is currently in custody after allegedly slamming into a tractor trailer, killing the driver of that vehicle and then fleeing the scene.

Chris Soules Mugshot

According to TMZ, which broke the story moments ago, the incident happened in the Hawkeye State yesterday evening around 8:20.

Chris, who was behind the wheel of a Chevy pickup truck, rear ended a John Deere tractor trailer, sending the vehicle careening into a ditch.

The driver was taken by ambulance to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead sometime later due to undisclosed injuries suffered.

Soules was booked on a charge of leaving the scene of a deadly accident, though it's not clear how long after the crash he was caught.

The mere fact that he was charged with this implies sufficient evidence that he took off following the accident rather than stick around.

Chris received medical attention, the celebrity gossip site reports.

Chris Soules At Radio Disney Awards

It is not known at the time if the 35-year-old Soules turned himself to police in or if officials apprehended him while he was on the run.

The reality star may face additional charges as the investigation continues, depending upon whether or not he was impaired at the time.

The crash occurred in Buchanan County, Iowa; Soules is a native of nearby Arlington, a small town very familiar to Bachelor Nation.

Dubbed "Prince Farming" due to his profession and charming demeanor, Chris finished third on Andi Dorfman's season of The Bachelorette.

Soules was tapped as The Bachelor the following season, bringing a new crop of girls to Iowa and getting engaged to Whitney Bischoff.

They broke up approximately 45 minutes after the finale.

Chris Soules Red Carpet Photo

Post-Bachelor, Soules went on to compete on Dancing with the Stars and (seriously) on Worst Cooks in America: Celebrity Edition.

Chris was open about his troubled past, which included a number of arrests for drunk and/or disorderly behavior, while on The Bachelor.

At the time, he appeared to have turned over a new leaf years ago, having settled into a peaceful, contented life as an Iowa farmer.

All he needed was a wife to share that paradise with.

Out of the spotlight for a few years now, Soules has seemed more than happy to be back on the farm based on recent Twitter posts.

Instead of desiring to stay in Hollywood (a la Nick Viall), he uses his celebrity to promote farming and agriculture, his lifelong passion. 

Neither Soules or anyone connected to the Iowan has commented on last night's arrest or his current status as of early this morning.

The Des Moines Register reports that call to Soules' cellphone went to voicemail and his publicist was not ready to make a statement.

We'll have more on this breaking story as it develops.

UPDATE: He was booked into the jail at 1:16 a.m., on a criminal charge of leaving the scene of an accident at which a death occurred.

The victim, whose name has not yet been released, was an older man, according to deputies who confirmed the fatal crash Tuesday. 

Our condolences go out to his family.

UPDATE: Soules was not charged with driving under the influence. His bail has been set at $10,000 and he has retained an attorney.

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