The Arkansas State Police have released a narrative report about the recent motorcycle accident involving Razorbacks head football coach Bobby Petrino and a young woman named Jessica Dorrell.
The full report can be found on ArkansasSports360.com. It confirms that the state police completed their investigation of the accident, and it comes complete with a report from Capt. Lance King to Major Les Braunns about the incident.
King reports that he was out on a personal errand to the local Wal-Mart on Sunday, April 1, the day the accident occurred. A police sergeant contacted him via his cell phone, notifying King of a motorcycle accident on Arkansas State Highway 16 and that a license check revealed that the motorcycle belonged to Petrino.
King says he then called Petrino's cell phone number:
I then called Coach Petrino’s phone from my cell phone and left him a message. This message said, I don’t even know if this is your number anymore, but your motorcycle has been involved in an accident and I wanted to call and check on you. I told him if he needed any assistance to give me a call back.
A few minutes later, an "unidentified female" returned King's call.
King goes on to explain what happened next:
This person said that Coach Petrino had been in a motorcycle accident and was hurt and was headed to the emergency room. This person asked if I could meet them at the parking lot located at Crossover Road and Highway 16 in order to take Coach Petrino to the hospital. This person told me that they were in Elkins and headed toward Fayetteville. This person also told me that they were driving a white Jeep Cherokee.
I told this person that I was headed that way from the intersection of Highways 45 and 265.
I then contacted my supervisor, ASP Highway Patrol Major Les Braunns, and informed him of this situation. He told me to keep him apprised and thoroughly investigate the accident. Major Braunns told me to make sure to conduct a thorough investigation and include all information concerning details of the accident. I told Major Braunns I would.
When King rendezvoused with Petrino and the "female caller," he says he assisted Petrino out of the Cherokee and into the front seat of his own car. King then reassured Petrino that he didn't seem to be hurt too badly and that he would take him to the hospital.
King says he then provided Petrino's companion with his cell phone number and told her that she would be contacted for an interview:
Before departing the scene, I verbally provided my cell phone number to the white female who I think put it in her phone. I told her to call me tomorrow and I would have a trooper contact her for an interview. I was at this location approximately one minute.
This white female had blond hair and I think was dressed in jeans. She showed no sign of any injuries. I had never seen this person before in my life.
During the ride to the hospital, King notes that Petrino said very little:
During this short (four to five mile) commute Coach Petrino did nothing but groan in pain for the entire ride. He said nothing about the accident except that a gust of wind blew him off the road. It was obvious that he was in a lot of pain. He kept saying that he thought he had broken his neck.
When King and Petrino arrived at the hospital, King says he spoke with Petrino's wife and told her to come to the hospital. He ended up spending a significant amount of time with Petrino's wife and several of Petrino's family members.
King eventually left the hospital, but he was called back at around 9:00 p.m. because Petrino wished to speak with him. He described his subsequent visit in length:
I walked back into the hospital room and Coach Petrino was lying in a bed with family members about. His face was very swollen, his eyes were shut and he was still covered with blood. He seemed to be going in and out of consciousness. He appeared to be under a heavy influence of pain medication. He barely opened his eyes, then thanked me for taking him to the hospital and then fell back to sleep. I was in the room with Mrs. Petrino for most of the time. I was in this room approximately three to four minutes. I also told him that a trooper would be coming by to ask him some questions about the accident. He asked if I would be with the trooper, and I told him if he wanted I could be. He asked me to please call first and I agreed. I left the hospital and traveled home where I remained until going to work the next morning.
The next day, somebody contacted King, referencing "coach Petrino and his lady friend." Petrino reached out to King later in the day, and one of the things he asked about was whether he had to reveal any "passenger information" to police:
Coach Petrino asked if passenger information was required and I said that all we need to know is the passenger’s name and address. I told him that we had been getting phone calls from people who had said there was a passenger on the rear of the motorcycle and if we didn’t get a name, the report would state unidentified white female. I didn’t ask him the name and he didn’t ask me to keep her name off the report.
King says two troopers interviewed Petrino the next day and that he cooperated. It was at that point that Petrino introduced the police to Jessica Dorrell.
After he interviewed with police, King called Petrino and let him know that the full report would be released in a matter of days.
This was on Tuesday, April 3, the very same day Petrino met with the media and spoke about the incident. On Thursday, it was revealed that Petrino had had a “previous inappropriate relationship” with Dorrell and that he had been placed on paid leave by the university.
King closes by saying that he does not know Dorrell, and that he has never met her. He also says that he and Petrino did not discuss any passenger information at any point.
King also clarifies that he does not have a personal relationship with Petrino or his family. He classifies their relationship as "professional."
There's a lot to digest here, but what's important is that there was no real secret behind the scenes that Petrino had been riding his motorcycle with a passenger. When he spoke to the media on Tuesday, he made no mention of a passenger.
It wasn't until the Associated Press got ahold of the police report that Dorrell's presence came to light. It's worth noting that at the time Petrino addressed the media on Tuesday, he didn't yet know that the police report was going to be released.
So through all of this, Petrino's biggest mistake was thinking that the police were going to keep Dorrell's presence a secret.