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Audio: 'Bachelor' star Chris Soules called 911 from scene of fatal crash

The crash involving a tractor and reality TV star Chris Soules happened on this straightaway in the 1000 block of Slater Avenue north of Aurora about 8:20 p.m. Monday. (PHOTO BY JEFF REINITZ, Waterloo Courier)
The crash involving a tractor and reality TV star Chris Soules happened on this straightaway in the 1000 block of Slater Avenue north of Aurora about 8:20 p.m. Monday. (PHOTO BY JEFF REINITZ, Waterloo Courier)
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AURORA — Chris Soules called 911, speaking with a dispatcher for about five minutes, before leaving the scene of a crash that killed one man.

The Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday released the audio of a 911 call Soules made to dispatchers reporting the April 24 crash north of Aurora that killed 66-year-old Kenneth E. Mosher. Soules identifies himself several minutes into the call.

A heavily breathing Soules reports to the dispatcher that he was involved in a crash about one mile north of Aurora.

Chris Soules 911 call audio

“Is anybody injured?” a dispatcher asks.

“Yes. I rear-ended a guy in a tractor,” Soules responds.

The Iowa State Patrol said Soules was southbound on County Road W45 around 8:20 p.m. Monday when he rear-ended a tractor driven by Mosher. The tractor ended up in the east ditch and the pickup in the west ditch. Moser was taken to Mercy Hospital in Oelwein, where he later died.

Soules tells the dispatcher that the tractor is in the ditch and that Mosher was thrown from the tractor. He asks if first responders are coming. Responding to the dispatcher’s questions, Soules tells her that Mosher is not conscious. She asks him if Mosher is breathing.

“I can’t tell,” Soules said. “He doesn’t appear to be.”

The dispatcher asks Soules if he knows how to do CPR and he responds he doesn’t. He can be heard asking apparent witnesses to the crash, “Does anyone know how to do CPR?”

“I can talk you through it if you’re near the patient,” the dispatcher says.

Soules indicates that Mosher has blood coming out of his mouth, but appears to locate a pulse. He asks again if first responders are on the way before ending the call.

“Can I call you back really quick? Thank you,” Soules says before hanging up.

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Authorities said Soules then left the scene in another vehicle. He was located at his Arlington residence shortly after the crash and was booked at the Buchanan County Jail around 1:16 a.m. Tuesday on one count of leaving the scene of a fatality accident, a Class D felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

On Wednesday, Buchanan County Sheriff Bill Wolfgram said it took several hours to take Soules into custody because deputies had to interview witnesses and Soules was initially not cooperative with deputies at his home.

“He didn’t come out when asked originally,” Wolfgram said.

In order to make sure everything about the arrest held up in court, acting on a recommendation from the county attorney’s office, Wolfgram said deputies opted to get a warrant for Soules’ arrest. Because Soules’ residence is in Fayette County, that involved going to one of their judges. Wolfgram said the Fayette County Sheriff’s Office stationed deputies at Soules’ residence while Buchanan County authorities interviewed witnesses in order to present their findings to a judge, who then signed off on the warrant.

Wolfgram said Soules’ case was not treated any differently than any other crash, but was complicated somewhat by involving two counties.

“It’s very time consuming to do warrants,” he said.

Once the warrant was obtained and presented to Soules, he complied, Wolfgram said.

Soules was released from jail later on Tuesday after a $10,000 cash bond was posted. He has been ordered to undergo electronic monitoring and give up his passport.

Soules starred in “The Bachelor” in 2015, was a contestant on “Dancing With The Stars” and has appeared in other reality shows and talks shows.

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