NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – A female trooper with the Texas Department of Public Safety may soon lose her job after conducting the body cavity searches of two women on the side of the road in Irving.

DPS officials told CBS 11 News that the agency’s director has made a preliminary determination to terminate state trooper Kelley Helleson.  But before the decision is finalized, Helleson will have the opportunity to meet with the agency leader.

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Last July the dashcam video of the cavity searches performed by Helleson on Angel Dobbs and her niece Ashley Dobbs went viral. The two women had been pulled over on the George Bush Turnpike when Helleson was called in to assist trooper David Farrell, who claimed he smelled marijuana in the car the women were traveling in. The search found nothing incriminating on either of the Dobbs women.

The body searches were captured on video by Farrell’s dashboard camera.


Details of the incident came to light after the two North Texas women filed a lawsuit against the troopers.

Both Helleson and Farrell were suspended after the incident. There is no word yet on what action, if any, will be taken against Farrell.

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