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'Bachelor' Star Chris Soules Arrested for Fleeing Fatal Car Crash

by Corky Siemaszko /  / Updated 
Mugshot of Chris Soules.Buchanan County Sheriff's Office

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A farmer who starred on “The Bachelor” was arrested for allegedly fleeing the scene of a fatal car versus tractor crash in Iowa.

Chris Soules, who was on Season 19 of the long-running reality show, appeared in a Buchanan County courtroom Tuesday dressed in a lime-green prison outfit, bright orange sandals, and gray socks.

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Soules was driving a Chevrolet pickup truck when he allegedly rear-ended a John Deere tractor around 8:20 p.m. Monday, north of the town of Aurora, according to the Iowa State Police.

The driver of the tractor, who was described in The Des Moines Register story as an “older man,” was rushed to Mercy Hospital in Oelwein, where he was pronounced dead. His name has not been released.

A lawyer for Soules said his client was "devastated" after learning the victim died and his "thoughts and prayers" are with his family.

Soules, 35, is a fourth-generation farmer from Arlington, Iowa. He made his TV debut on "The Bachelorette" in 2014 and quickly became a fan favorite despite not winning the girl. That resulted in him being picked the next year to star on "The Bachelor."

That season ended with Soules proposing to Whitney Bischoff near a barn. Six months later, the couple later announced the wedding was off.

Soules was memorably spoofed by Blake Shelton in the “Farm Hunk” skit on Saturday Night Live.

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