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Updated: Officer who assisted Petrino to be questioned further

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When the police report detailing Bobby Petrino‘s motorcycle accident was released Thursday, it stated that Petrino  and Jessica Dorrell, the passenger on Petrino’s bike, were taken to an intersection away from the scene of the accident by a family who was waved down for help. At that intersection, the report states Dorrell left in her own vehicle while Petrino was driven to a local hospital by policeman Lance King.

Now, Arkansas police want to know more about Captain King’s involvement in the incident. King, who works security for football program during season, will be submitted to further questioning about the accident and is required to write his own detailed account of what happened.

Below is a statement released by ASP regarding Captain King, courtesy of ArkansasSports360:

“On Thursday afternoon (April 5, 2012) the Arkansas State Police completed its investigation of the motor-vehicle crash involving Robert Petrino and Jessica Dorrell.

Subsequently public inquiries have arisen asking the State Police to offer answers to questions relating to the sequence of events which precipitated State Police Captain Lance King to respond to the Fayetteville location where he met Coach Petrino and any information Captain King may have learned about the crash during conversations with Coach Petrino.

While the inquiries have no direct correlation to the investigation of the motor vehicle crash, the questions are legitimate and worthy of answers.

This afternoon (Friday, April 6, 2012) Captain King has been asked by his supervisor to provide a detailed summary of his involvement with Coach Petrino and other individuals who’ve been identified within the crash investigation.

It is the intention of the Arkansas State Police to have information from the summary which may be shared with the public early next week. What information will be released will depend on what facts Captain King provides to his supervisor.” 

Additionally, Arkansas State Police released the 911 phone call made shortly after the motorcycle accident, which describes Petrino as “walking” and “bleeding quite a lot” from his face. The caller also said Dorrell “did not look to be injured.”

During the transmission, the caller said Petrino got in a white SUV and left the scene.

“The rider and the passenger of the motorcycle declined us to call 911,” the caller said. “They got into a vehicle and headed toward the hospital.”

Petrino has been placed on paid administrative leave for the time being by athletic director Jeff Long after it was discovered Thursday that Petrino had not been completely forthright about the details of the accident and Dorrell, with whom it is believed Petrino had a “previous inappropriate relationship.” Dorrell began working in the football offices last week after spending time as an employee at the Razorbacks Foundation.

Dorrell is a former volleyball player for UA.

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17 Responses to “Updated: Officer who assisted Petrino to be questioned further”
  1. choicess says: Apr 6, 2012 7:47 PM

    I haven’t seen this mentioned enough, but Jessica Dorrell is engaged to the “director of swimming and diving operations” in the Arky AD. Must be some sort of working environment there!

  2. deadeye says: Apr 6, 2012 8:20 PM

    Ok, what happens first:

    Petrino gets fired, or Dorrell gets unengaged?

  3. lbijake says: Apr 6, 2012 9:18 PM

    I may just be out of the loop but I do not see what the big deal is. This is a personal matter for Petrino, his wife and the other engaged, or not, couple. If U of A wants to reprimand him, okay but definitely do not see a firing offense. If he had a losing record, sure.

  4. choicess says: Apr 6, 2012 10:07 PM

    Right lbijake, winning is actually the only thing that matters, for all involved. Darn nosy people trying to destroy a good and decent man!

    Oh BTW:

    “Of the 25 programs studied, six of them had double-digit players with criminal pasts.”

    Arkansas was narrowly beat out by Pitt, but still came in with an impressive showing at #2, with 18(!) players with criminal records! What an honor.
    By my math that is 20% of all scholarship players.
    If I am a parent of a recruit, I see results, and I know exactly what I’m getting into when I send my son off to an angel like Bobby Petrino, who I know will look after my son as his own, run a cool offense, and win just enough to finish third in the division.

  5. meefaw says: Apr 6, 2012 10:23 PM

    I hope the university fires him by leaving a note on his desk. Arkansas fans think he is a god…this will not sit well in the state. Maybe they should hire Houston nutt…

  6. 10of14 says: Apr 6, 2012 10:35 PM

    What has he done at Arkansas that would make them think he is a God? The last I looked, the Razorback program is average at best. Quit speculating; he is doing this stanky thing and he begged a cop to cover for him. I am not sure anything is illegal, but let’s just come clean with the hotel room relationship Coach.

  7. lbijake says: Apr 6, 2012 10:49 PM

    To choices, What I meant that if he had a losing record, 9it would be a convenient way to fire him. I guess by the thumbs down, I am missing something. I feel that he and the lady are adults and that is there business.

  8. roseann894 says: Apr 6, 2012 11:59 PM

    Given that southern football coaches are generally accompanied by a batallion of state troopers for even the most inconsequential games, what would be the odds that the one showing up at Petrino’s accident WOULDN”T be among his security detail?

  9. concernedcitizen001 says: Apr 7, 2012 12:39 AM

    @Ibijake, the thing you are missing is that he “misled” his AD by telling him that the wreck involved him and no one else. Then when it comes out that he had his “passenger,” that curiously left the scene, said AD looks like quite the uninformed spokesperson that he was. And although it is true that Mrs. Petrino will likely exact her own pound of flesh, there is the matter of the morality of a university representative. It has yet to be reported if he indeed had a morality clause in his contract.
    But in the end, I look for wins to trump all else. I’ll be shocked if it is otherwise.

  10. irishdodger says: Apr 7, 2012 12:45 AM

    Ark is 21-5 over the past 2 years. This is the SEC….Petrino ain’t going anywhere. Sure, they’ll have to fine/reprimand him, but that’s as far as it’ll go. I’m not singling out Hog fans when I point this out. Most fans of a successful program would feel the same way. College football fans are the most passionate IMO. Regardless of the school, all fan bases would be reacting similarly to the Razorback fan base.

  11. californiarestinpeace says: Apr 7, 2012 1:46 AM

    Fire Jeff Long first, he knew Bobby P was shady a long, long time ago.

  12. globeflyer says: Apr 7, 2012 5:29 AM

    A bad situation, no doubt, however, the tone of the article smacks of “Big Brother is in charge”….

  13. lrg51 says: Apr 7, 2012 8:49 AM

    Petrino is a lying sack of sh*t. Fire his arse!!

  14. meefaw says: Apr 7, 2012 8:59 AM


    not speculating. I have the unfortunate thing of being stationed in little rock… and hog fans think he can do no wrong and are oblivious to the sleezy things he has done. more than likely he will be fined at worse….and still be upset when a team kicks a field goal with 3 min left in the game.

  15. roverboy1949 says: Apr 7, 2012 9:43 AM

    I’m sure Ms. Dorrell is completely qualified for the position that she holds at the University, or Coach would not have hired her. After looking at her picture, she may even be over qualified. However, the point must be made as to why she was hired in the first place. This is much more than a personal issue between Coach and his family, and Ms. Dorrell and her future husband. This really does involve issues within the school and how the management deals with their employees. There has to be a reality check to see if there is any problems with the hiring policies, only to be sure that there are no unfair advantages given to any candidate for any job opening. How many other people applied for the job that finally went to Ms. Dorrell?

  16. chumthumper says: Apr 7, 2012 10:06 AM

    First, Petrino should be fired for lying about a situation he obviously thought was inappropriate. We already know he has the integrity of a toad stool. Second, what the heck is a “detailed summary”? Is that something like “jumbo shrimp” or “marital bliss”? These police people just don’t talk like the rest of us.

  17. mtheparrothead says: Apr 8, 2012 4:30 PM

    Sec! Sec!

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