The state trooper often assigned to protect Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino said he took a call from an unidentified woman to come get the injured coach, then fielded a call from Petrino's wife, Becky, as they were arriving at the hospital, according to a memo.
Memo details trooper’s actions
after Petrino motorcycle crash
The state trooper often assigned to protect Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino said he took a call from an unidentified woman to come get the injured coach, then fielded a call from Petrino’s wife, Becky, as they were arriving at the hospital, according to a memo released Monday.
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Arkansas State Police Capt. Lance King also said he called Petrino shortly before the police report that landed the coach in hot water was released to the public last week.
Petrino called Razorbacks athletic director Jeff Long about 20 minutes after receiving that phone call, and he was put on paid leave later that night. Petrino, a married 51-year-old father of four, failed to disclose he had been riding with a female football-program employee about half his age when his motorcycle skidded off the road April 1.
Arkansas State Police said King didn’t violate police policy or state law.
King said he called Petrino on April 1 to check on him after another trooper said Petrino’s motorcycle had been involved in an accident.
Two or three minutes later, King said, an unidentified female called him back and said Petrino had been in an accident. She asked King if he could meet them in a parking lot and take Petrino to the hospital.
It wasn’t immediately clear whether the unidentified woman was 25-year-old Jessica Dorrell, the employee who was riding with Petrino.
King helped Petrino, who was not wearing a helmet when he crashed, into his car and took him to a hospital.
“He was covered with scrapes and cuts, and had blood and had swelling around his face and head. He was complaining of neck trouble. He was hardly able to speak, only groaning,” King wrote in the memo, dated Friday.
A campus rally for Petrino supporters attracted about 200 Monday.
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