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Judge denies ‘Bachelor’ star’s fatal accident law challenge

January 5, 2018

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa farmer-turned-reality television star is fighting to avoid prison after driving his pickup into the back of a tractor and killing a neighbor.

Chris Soules became known as “Prince Farming” during his 2015 appearance on “The Bachelor” and also appeared on “The Bachelorette” and “Dancing With The Stars.”

He lost a legal battle Friday in the felony case against him when a judge dismissed his constitutional challenge to an Iowa law requiring the surviving driver in a fatal accident to remain at the scene until police arrive. It goes beyond the statutes of many states.

Soules’ attorneys say that violates constitutional rights against self-incrimination. They haven’t indicated if he’ll appeal. He faces trial Jan. 18.

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