Authorities say former “Bachelor” TV star Chris Soules called 911 before leaving the scene of Monday night’s deadly accident in Buchanan County.
The 911 call was released by the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday.
In the call, Soules is heard talking to the dispatcher for five and a half minutes after the crash. Soules’ pickup truck rear-ended a tractor north of Aurora, causing the tractor to roll into the ditch. The driver of the tractor, 66-year old Kenneth Mosher of Aurora, was pronounced dead at an Oelwein hospital. Soules has been charged with leaving the scene of a fatality accident, but the released 911 call reveals that Soules tried helping Mosher before emergency personnel arrived.
The call ends when Soules asks if help is on the way and if he can call the dispatcher back.
Buchanan County Sheriff Bill Wolfgram tells KMCH that Soules left the accident scene in another vehicle before authorities arrived. He says the vehicle involved is still under investigation.
Sheriff Wolfgram says when authorities showed up at Soules’ home near Arlington, he would not come to the door, so they went through the process of obtaining a warrant from a Fayette County judge. When they returned to his home with the warrant around 1 am, Soules complied with authorities and was taken into custody.
Court documents state that alcohol containers were found in Soules’ pickup at the accident scene. Authorities are continuing to investigate.
Soules posted $10,000 bond on Tuesday. He has been ordered to turn in his passport and wear an ankle bracelet for monitoring. His next court appearance is set for next week.
You can listen to the entire 911 call here:
(photos courtesy of Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office)