AUDIO: Soules made 911 call from fatal crash scene
"The Bachelor" star Chris Soules called police shortly after a fatal crash in Buchanan County in Iowa on Monday, April 24, 2017.
Reality television star Chris Soules called 911 from the scene of a fatal crash Monday night in Iowa and told the dispatcher he had hit a man on a tractor, according to audio released Wednesday.
The female dispatcher asked who was injured and Soules replied "the man on the tractor." The dispatcher asked if the tractor was in the ditch and if the man was thrown into the ditch, and Soules said yes.
The crash was at about 8:20 p.m. about a mile north of Aurora on Buchanan County Road W45.
"He's not conscious," said Soules, who identified himself on the call when asked by the dispatcher. The Des Moines Register obtained the 911 call recording from the Buchanan County Sheriff's Office.
"Stay on the phone with me," the dispatcher urges. The conversation continues for a few minutes until Soules asks the dispatcher if he can call her back.
Soules was arrested hours later and charged with leaving the scene of a deadly crash, a Class D felony in Iowa. He was booked into jail shortly before 1 a.m. Tuesday.
The tractor driver was identified Tuesday as Kenneth E. Mosher, 66. He lived on his family farm near the crash site. He was taken after the crash by ambulance to Mercy Hospital in Oelwein, where he was pronounced dead. He had been a resident of Aurora, a town of fewer than 200 people, for much of his life.
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In the 911 recording, the dispatcher, still on the phone with Soules, can be heard requesting a Mercy ambulance to be sent to the 1000 block of Slater Avenue.
Asked if the victim was breathing, Soules says he could not tell and later says he "doesn't appear to be."
The dispatcher at one point asks Soules if he knows CPR, and he responds he doesn't.
Soules can be heard asking other people at the scene if they know CPR. Later, a person on the recording can be heard counting out what sounds like CPR.
Later, Soules says, "I feel a pulse, yeah, he's got a pulse," Soules said.
He then asks the dispatcher: "You guys are on your way?"
"I'm going to stay on the line with you," she replied. "We have law enforcement, medical en route to you."
Soules assures the dispatcher that the vehicles around have their flashers on and the recording ends with Soules asking the dispatcher if he can call her back "really quick."
The sheriff's office said no other information would be released Wednesday.
Soules eventually left the crash scene by walking north and getting into another vehicle, which drove away, said Sgt. Scott Bright, spokesman for Iowa State Patrol. Soules was taken into custody hours later at his home, about six miles away from the crash scene in rural Arlington.
Bright said he does not know who drove Soules from the crash scene, and the case remains under investigation by the sheriff's office.
Although Soules called 911 and clearly offered to help before leaving the crash scene, Bright said the fact that he left is still a crime, from a law enforcement perspective.
"He left the scene. He stopped to assist, but then he just walked away," Bright said. "He still left the scene of a fatality accident."
The criminal charge was filed by the Buchanan County Attorney's Office, which declined to comment on Wednesday.
Soules may face further criminal charges in connection with the crash, pending ongoing investigation, the sheriff's office said Tuesday.
It took some time for sheriff's deputies to arrest Soules at his house because he refused to come outside, Bright confirmed Wednesday. The sheriff's office had to obtain a search warrant to enter Soules' home and arrest him, Bright said. Two deputies waited outside the home until they were able to get a search warrant, he said.
Since his arrest, Soules has been released from the Buchanan County Jail after paying a $10,000 bail. He appeared in court Tuesday morning, and another court hearing has been scheduled for May 2.
Soules' family has declined to comment through his former publicist. A reporter was asked to leave after knocking on Soules' door on Tuesday.
Soules appeared on the 10th season of ABC’s "The Bachelorette" in 2014 and was selected in early 2015 for the 19th season of "The Bachelor."
The farmer brought his hometown of Arlington into the national spotlight as he starred in the dating reality show.
He later competed on “Dancing with the Stars” and the seventh season of Food Network's "Worst Cooks in America." Since his turn on TV, Soules has continued to be a public figure and advocate for agriculture issues.