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Distraught Chris Soules’ Checked Car Crash Victim’s Pulse, 911 Call Reveals

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Chris Soules called police before allegedly leaving the scene of a fatal car crash Monday night, newly released audio reveals.

The recording obtained by PEOPLE was apparently lodged to local police before 911 first responders were called in. Soules is breathing heavily, apparently emotional and seemingly on the edge of tears as he tells the dispatcher what happened in the collision between his truck and the tractor of fellow Iowan Kenneth E. Mosher that would ultimately take Mosher’s life.

“There’s no address,” Soules, 35, tells the operator at the start of the recording. He reveals the tractor has plunged into ditch and Mosher was thrown into the ditch. At the time of the call, Soules reveals Mosher, 66, was not conscious and didn’t appear to be breathing.

This Tuesday, April 25, 2017, photo provided by the Buchanan County Sheriff's Office in Independence, Iowa, shows Chris Soules, former star of ABC's "The Bachelor," after being booked early Tuesday after his arrest on a charge of leaving the scene of a fatal accident near Arlington, Iowa. (Buchanan County Sheriff's Office via AP) © The Associated Press This Tuesday, April 25, 2017, photo provided by the Buchanan County Sheriff's Office in Independence, Iowa, shows Chris Soules, former star of ABC's "The Bachelor," after being booked early Tuesday after his arrest on a charge of leaving the scene of a fatal accident near Arlington, Iowa. (Buchanan County Sheriff's Office via AP)

On the call, which was first released by TMZ, Soules asks another, unidentified person at the scene to perform CPR on Mosher since he doesn’t know how, and they check Mosher’s pulse before hanging up on the operator and saying they’ll call back.

The Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office confirmed to PEOPLE on Tuesday that Soules was arrested at 1:16 a.m. on Tuesday and charged with leaving the scene of a fatal car accident. The former star of The Bachelor made his first court appearance hours later. At the hearing, Iowa State Patrol claimed Soules left the scene after rear-ending his pickup truck into a tractor near Aurora, Iowa, at around 8 p.m. on Monday. (The area is reportedly about 15 miles south of Soules’ farm in Arlington.)

They also allege that Soules and his vehicle were later found at a house that Soules allegedly refused to leave until officers obtained a search warrant several hours later.

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Robert Roepke, whose daughter is married to the victim’s son, exclusively told PEOPLE on Tuesday that the collision was a “very tragic, sad accident that took the life of a guy that was just coming home from work.”

Soules’ lawyers have not yet commented on the charges against their client, but a rep for the reality star told PEOPLE yesterday that Soules “was devastated to learn that Kenneth Mosher, the other person in the accident, passed away. His thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Mosher’s family.”

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