- Associated Press - Thursday, April 5, 2012

FAYETTEVILLE, ARK. (AP) - Arkansas coach Bobby Petrino had a female passenger with him during a weekend motorcycle ride that ended with a crash that sent him to the hospital, according to a police report released Thursday.

Petrino, who is married with four children, didn’t mention he had a passenger during a news conference on Tuesday, two days after Sunday’s accident, and a school statement that day quoted Petrino’s family as saying “no other individuals” were involved.

The 51-year-old Petrino said then that he had spent the day with his wife, Becky, at a lake and was going for an evening ride. According to the police report, he was joined by former Arkansas volleyball player and current Razorback Foundation fundraiser Jessica Dorrell, who is 25.

“When I came out of the ditch, there was a lady there that had flagged down a car,” Petrino said Tuesday, nursing four broken ribs and wearing a neck brace to support a cracked neck vertebra. “The guy that was in the passenger’s seat said, `Get in, we’ll just take you right to the hospital instead of waiting,’ and so I got in the car and they headed toward Fayetteville.”

Dorrell didn’t immediately return a message seeking comment. A Petrino spokesman, Zack Higbee, declined immediate comment.

Dorrell was hired March 28 by Petrino as the student-athlete development coordinator. She is in charge of organizing the recruiting process for the football team, including initial eligibility for each incoming player.

The police report said Petrino was riding with Dorrell when he lost control of his motorcycle for an unknown reason. Dorrell said in the report that she wasn’t sure what caused the accident, during which Petrino was unable to maneuver a turn and laid the motorcycle down on its left side while sliding off the rural, two-lane highway about 20 miles southeast of Fayetteville.

Petrino said in the report that wind and sun caused the accident. The police report said Dorrell wasn’t taken to a hospital. Petrino, who wasn’t wearing a helmet, was hospitalized, but has since returned to practice. He will not be cited for the accident.

The accident occurred near the small town of Crosses on a road popular with motorcyclists. Petrino has said he has been an avid rider since he was 10, and the Helena, Mont., native said several years ago that he owned a Harley-Davidson and four other motorcycles.

Petrino just completed his fourth season with the Razorbacks and he has built Arkansas into a national contender. He’s 34-17 in four seasons at the school, 21-5 over the last two, and the Hogs finished last season ranked No. 5 after losing only to national champion Alabama and runner-up LSU.

Petrino is also a former NFL coach, leaving the Atlanta Falcons after 13 games in the 2007 season to join the Razorbacks. He was a college head coach at Louisville before that, guiding the Cardinals to a 41-9 record from 2003-07.

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