A Texas man shut down four lanes of traffic on Interstate 45 last weekend in order to propose to his girlfriend.
Vidal Valladares Navas, the man behind the stupidly dangerous stunt that has since gone viral, said that the particular spot on the highway was very significant to the couple. On their second date, Navas took his girlfriend (now fiancee) for a motorcycle ride on the highway, where they pulled over to admire the Houston skyline. He just wanted to return to that spot to ask for her hand in marriage.
The plan itself was actually pretty ingenious. Navas told his girlfriend Michelle Wycoff that they were headed to a party. In reality, he had family and friends trailing them in eight different cars. They proceeded to stop all four lanes of traffic by having the eight vehicles all come to a stop, two cars deep.
“I said, ‘Are you serious?'” Wycoff said, according to The Houston Chronicle. “Then I saw all my family and friends with cameras and I looked where Vidal was and he was down on one knee.”
“Honestly, I didn’t think about if it was a good idea or a bad idea. I was just so happy in the moment. I love him so much.”
Reports say that traffic was only stopped for less than a minute, but police were quick to condemn the stunt as dangerous and potentially deadly. The internet, in their forever outraged state, quickly called for the couple to be charged. However, the Houston Police Department have said they won’t press charges, but reminded the public what a bad idea it is to try and stop traffic on a major highway.
“It appears we were not called to the scene and it more than likely happened quickly before our officers saw it on patrol,” police spokesman Victor Senties said. “While we’re happy for the couple, this is not something we would want to encourage anyone to do. People could have lost their lives stopping on the freeway like that.”