Soules, 37, slammed into the back of a tractor on a country road in Iowa while driving his pickup truck. Both vehicles went flying into a ditch.
A frantic Soules then called 911. “I rear-ended a guy in a tractor,” Soules told the operator.
He went on to say the man in the tractor, later identified as 66-year-old Kenny Mosher, was injured and “not conscious.” He added that he couldn’t tell if the man was breathing and didn’t know how to do CPR.
Soules then fled the scene on foot after paramedics arrived but before police got there.
Police went to his family's farm but Soules refused to see them for several hours. It's been speculated that he had been drinking and was trying to sober up.
According to court papers, police found alcohol containers in his truck. He was not charged with drunk driving.
Soules was initially charged with leaving the scene of a deadly accident, a felony. He agreed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of leaving the scene of a personal injury accident.
His sentencing was delayed after a judge agreed to grant a motion to draft a new pre-sentencing investigation report.