Expect a wet holiday weekend across North Texas | Watches & Warnings | Radar | Traffic | Photos |

DPS Reaches Settlement In Roadside Cavity Search Lawsuit


NORTH TEXAS (CBSDFW.COM) – The Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) has settled a lawsuit with two women from Irving who filed a lawsuit claiming they were humiliated and the victims of an illegal “cavity search”, during a traffic stop last July.

Attorney Scott Palmer said his client Angel Dobbs and her niece, Ashley Dobbs, received a settlement of $185,000 in the federal civil rights case. “I think DPS came to the table, they did the right thing,” Palmer said. “They recognized this was a bad case that needed to go away.”

The Dobbs women were pulled over while taking a ‘road trip’ to Oklahoma. Trooper David Farrell said he stopped the pair because they had thrown cigarette butts out of their car window and were acting weird.

Trooper Farrell claimed he smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle and performed a search, but turned up nothing. He then called female Trooper Kelly Helleson, who proceeded to do a very personal cavity search to see if the women were hiding illegal items.


The women said Helleson proceeded to use her fingers to search their anuses and vaginas, and used the same latex glove on both women. The aunt and niece said the very personal body searches happened on the side of the road, in full view of passing vehicles.

With both the search by Trooper Farrell and Trooper Helleson coming up fruitless, a roadside sobriety test was performed, which Angel Dobbs passed. Eventually the women were given a warning for littering and sent on their way.

Attorney Palmer said the action of the troopers was reprehensible and illegal and that the six-figure settlement is not only good for his clients, but other potential victims as well. “It will deter any future misconduct by any police officer or trooper in the future, for sure. That’s part of why they brought this lawsuit,” he said. “This will probably never happen again because of this lawsuit and the attention this has gotten.”

Trooper Kelly Helleson was fired earlier this year and has been charged with two counts of sexual assault and two counts of official oppression. If convicted, she would have to register as a sex offender.

Trooper David Farrell was suspended while officials investigated allegations that he took a prescription bottle of the painkiller hydrocodone from one of the women during the roadside search.

(©2013 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

Also Check Out:


  • http://www.gulfcoastfishingconnection.com/forums/forum44/thread20032.html#post156039 Texas body cavity search gone bad.....

    […] […]

  • http://www.forbiddennews.info/women-violated-during-roadside-search-in-dallas-win-lawsuit-with-texas-department-of-public-safety/ Forbidden News » Women violated during roadside search in Dallas win lawsuit with Texas Department of Public Safety

    […] CBS, Daily […]

  • http://www.standardexcellence.net/2013/06/liberty-news-june-29-2013/ Liberty News – June 29, 2013 | Standard Excellence

    […] Texas DPS reached a settlement this week with two women in Irving who were stopped by a State Trooper last July and given intrusive cavity […]

  • http://intelfaces.com/2013/07/01/bad-cop-blotter-well-need-to-see-some-id-officer/ Bad Cop Blotter: We’ll Need to See Some ID, Officer | IntelFaces

    […] Two women who were pulled over in July 2012 for throwing cigarette butts out their car window just won a lawsuit against the Texas Department […]

  • http://intlfaces.com/2013/07/01/bad-cop-blotter-well-need-to-see-some-id-officer/ Bad Cop Blotter: We’ll Need to See Some ID, Officer | INTLFACES

    […] Two women who were pulled over in July 2012 for throwing cigarette butts out their car window just won a lawsuit against the Texas Department […]

  • http://www.tonyrocha.com/women-settle-with-texas-state-police-for-185k-over-illegal-body-cavity-search/ Women settle with Texas state police for $185K over illegal body cavity search … « Tony Rocha Official Blog

    […] after they were subjected to an illegal cavity search by police during a traffic stop last July, CBS DFW […]

  • http://news.coolpetmall.com/donation-drive-underway-for-north-texas-pet-food-pantry-2 Donation Drive Underway For North Texas Pet Food Pantry | Cool Pet Mall

    […] DPS Reaches Settlement In Roadside Cavity Search Lawsuit […]

blog comments powered by Disqus
The Taz Show

Listen Live