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Female football employee was on motorcycle with Petrino

By Matt Jones

This article was originally published April 5, 2012 at 4:01 p.m. Updated April 5, 2012 at 5:59 p.m.


Head football Coach Bobby Petrino and Jessica Dorrell attended a fan event in Searcy on Feb. 23, 2012.

Bobby Petrino - Motorcycle Accident

Arkansas football coach Bobby Petrino talks about a motorcycle accident that left him with four brok...

Arkansas football coach Bobby Petrino speaks during a news conference in Fayetteville on Tuesday, April 3, 2012, after being released from a hospital....

A woman identified as Jessica Dorrell on the University of Arkansas athletics website.

Bobby Petrino's Harley-Davidson motorcycle following an accident on Sunday.

— Jessica Dorrell, who was hired last week to an administrative role within the Arkansas football department, was on the back of Bobby Petrino's motorcycle when it crashed Sunday in Madison County, according to the accident report released Thursday by the Arkansas State Police.

The report contradicts a statement made by the Petrino family through the University of Arkansas athletics media relations office on Monday stating the Razorbacks' football coach was the only individual involved in the accident. Petrino crashed his Harley-Davidson around 6:45 p.m. Sunday on Arkansas 16 near the rural community of Crosses, about 23 miles southeast of Fayetteville.

According to the report, Petrino and Dorrell were picked up by Benjamin Adam Williams, Jody Diane Stewart and Williams' 12-year-old son, all of Ozark. Petrino and Dorrell were transported to the intersection of Huntsville Road and Crossover Road in east Fayetteville, where Dorrell departed the vehicle.

Petrino was met there by Capt. Lance King, an Arkansas state trooper who serves as his security detail during football season, and transported to Physicians' Specialty Hospital in Fayetteville. King is also the commander of Arkansas State Police Troop L, based in Springdale.

According to the report, Dorrell was not injured in the accident. Neither Petrino nor Dorrell was cited by police for the accident. Petrino suffered four broken ribs, a neck sprain and a cracked vertebrae in the accident, he said Tuesday. Dorrell was not injured, according to the report.

Dorrell, 25, is a former volleyball player at the UA and had previously worked for The Razorback Foundation Inc., the university's private fundraising arm. She was hired as student-athlete development coordinator for football on March 28.

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Packman says... April 5, 2012 at 4:32 p.m.

Hats off to T6 for being the first to smell a rat in the original story. All that derided T6 for his inquisitiveness can now apologize. This is about to get very ugly.

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MenLR2 says... April 5, 2012 at 4:34 p.m.

Bye Petrino.....NEXT

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MenLR2 says... April 5, 2012 at 4:43 p.m.

Maybe it is his Future Daughter In Law??? But still should have been up front from the beginning...

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arkyparky says... April 5, 2012 at 4:50 p.m.

is this a tiger woods deal?

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Kdc1insulbossrocks says... April 5, 2012 at 4:50 p.m.

DuMass, WOW!!!! Even I have more sense than to ride a woman other than my wife in my Harley. And I don't make 5 million a year...

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Stanislaus says... April 5, 2012 at 4:51 p.m.

Oh Bobby! What are you doing? Tough guy? Or fool?

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LandoLeroy says... April 5, 2012 at 4:55 p.m.

Hmmmmmmmm; if everything was on the up and up why would they think they needed to lie about the accident? Sounds verrrrrrrrrry suspicious to me.

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harleybud99 says... April 5, 2012 at 4:56 p.m.

Gonna need that Helmet when he gets home tonight!!!

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LX says... April 5, 2012 at 4:59 p.m.

Welcome to the Tiger Woods Hall Of Fame.

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haskellhawg says... April 5, 2012 at 5:03 p.m.

Let us not pass judgement on anyone .Lest we be judged first .I have tried to read everything said by CBP , I cannot find anything in print quoting CBP saying that he was alone on the bike.I have seen several references that said that there were no more vechiles in volved in this accident. I have been over the transcript of CBP'S press conference four times and found no reference to CBP being alone , with someone , ect. COACH...GET WELL * TELL THE TRUTH * LOOK IN THE MIRROR PEOPLE...

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