IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A judge says the felony prosecution of former “The Bachelor” star Chris Soules for allegedly leaving the scene of a fatal accident can proceed.
Judge Kellyann Lekar approved a charging document known as a “trial information” Sunday and scheduled Soules’ arraignment for May 23. The move is expected to cancel a preliminary hearing set for Wednesday.
Prosecutors didn’t add new charges against Soules in the April 24 accident that killed 66-year-old farmer Kenneth Mosher. If convicted, he faces up to five years in prison.
Police say Soules rear-ended Mosher’s tractor and left the scene after calling 911 and seeking help for Mosher. He was arrested later at his home.
A prosecutor says Soules was seen purchasing alcohol shortly before the accident, and that open beverages were found around his vehicle.