Angel Dobbs and her niece Ashley Dobbs were stopped for littering by State Trooper David Farrell while driving along State Highway 161 on July 13. In the dashcam video released by the women and their attorney, Farrell can be heard telling the women they would both be cited for littering for throwing cigarette butts out of the car.
While waiting for Trooper Kelley Helleson to arrive, Farrell asked Angel Dobbs to step out of the vehicle and began questioning her about marijuana use. In the video, the trooper is heard telling Dobbs he smelled marijuana coming from the vehicle while asking her several times how much pot was in the car.
After Helleson arrived, she can be seen in the dashcam video putting on blue latex gloves to conduct a search of both women. According to the lawsuit, when Angel Dobbs asked about the gloves, Helleson “told her not to worry about that.”
In the lawsuit, Dobbs said the trooper conducted the cavity search on the roadside, illuminated by the police car’s headlights, in full view of passing motorists.
The lawsuit further alleges that Helleson performed searches on both women, touching both their anus and vaginas, without changing the latex gloves between searches.
The two women from Irving, Texas are suing the troopers and the director of the Department of Public Safety for what they call an unconstitutional search without probable cause.
Check out the dashcam video and come up with your own conclusion as to if the troopers were in the wrong.