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DPS settles roadside search lawsuit

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Two Irving women subjected to body cavity searches along a highway settled their lawsuit against the Texas Department of Public Safety for $185,000.

Last summer, Angel and Ashley Dobbs were stopped by Trooper David Ferrell while they were on their way to a casino in Oklahoma. He said he saw them throwing a cigarette out the car and accused them of smoking marijuana. He called for Trooper Kelly Helleson to search them.

The search happened on the side the road and in front of the camera. Video shows the female officer's hand on the women's breasts and down the back and front of both of their pants. She did not change plastic gloves between the searches.

Ferrell was later suspended and Helleson was fired and indicted on two counts of sexual assault and two counts of official oppression.

No drugs were ever found.

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