Female Texas trooper suspended amid body search

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Associated Press

Posted on December 20, 2012 at 12:32 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 20 at 12:32 PM

DALLAS (AP) — A female Texas trooper has been suspended amid an investigation of her videotaped body cavity search of two women along a busy highway.

Department of Public Safety spokesman Tom Vinger said late Wednesday that Trooper Kelley Halleson has been suspended with pay. Results of a Texas Rangers inquiry are expected to go to a Dallas County grand jury in January.

An Irving woman and her adult niece this week sued Halleson and a male trooper, plus DPS director Steve McCraw, over the July traffic stop. Angel and Ashley Dobbs say the search videotaped by a patrol car camera was unlawful and humiliating.

The women say a male trooper says he saw them throw cigarette butts out a window, questioned them about drugs and summoned Halleson. No drugs were found.

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