Many states have laws on the books requiring a person who is involved in an accident to render aid and contact emergency services when needed. Leaving the scene of an accident is a crime in such cases. However, Iowa has a unique law that requires drivers to wait on the scene until law enforcement personnel arrive to investigate the crash. A former Bachelor star involved in a fatal accident tried to argue that such a law was unconstitutional. WSB Radio reports on the case.
Chris Soules, who starred in a season of the hit reality television show The Bachelor, had his constitutional challenge to a law dismissed by a judge.
His attorneys were challenging an Iowa law that requires those involved in a fatal accident to remain on the scene until authorities arrive.
In an incident that occurred on April 24, Soules rear-ended a neighbor who was driving his tractor at the time. Soules did contact 911 and administered CPR to his neighbor and waited for emergency personnel to arrive. However, by the time that law enforcement arrived on the scene, Soules had already been driven home.
Soules was arrested the next day at his home, and charged with failure to remain at the scene of a fatal accident. The charge carries a penalty of up to five years in prison.
Soules attorneys argued that the Iowa law violates a person’s constitutional right to be free of unreasonable search and seizure and to avoid self-incrimination.
.Prosecutors argued that the law is intended to prevent people who may have been driving recklessly or driving under the influence or driving on a suspended or revoked license from evading liability.
Soules became a television celebrity after appearances on The Bachelorette, The Bachelor, and Dancing with the Stars.
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