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Jun 26, 2013 9:14 AM

2 Women Settle Lawsuit In Irving Roadside Search

DALLAS - Two Dallas-area women subjected to body cavity searches along a highway have settled their lawsuit against the Texas Department of Public Safety .

The Dallas Morning News reports the agreement was finalized Tuesday. DPS didn't immediately comment Wednesday on the $185,000 settlement in the federal civil rights lawsuit.

Last July's search of 38-year-old Angel Dobbs and her 24-year-old niece, Ashley Dobbs, by a female trooper was captured by patrol car video. Trooper Kelly Helleson allegedly used the same glove for both body searches. No drugs were found.

Helleson was later fired. She's been indicted on two counts of sexual assault and two counts of official oppression.

Trooper David Farrell, who made the Irving traffic stop, faces a charge of theft by a public servant. He's on paid suspension.

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