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Man Charged For Proposing Marriage… On Highway.

Thinking About Proposing Marriage While on the Freeway? Think Again

When you think about proposing to someone, you know that you need to make it special. You need to make it an experience that the other person won’t forget. It has to be romantic, it needs to match both of your personalities, and it needs to be something that won’t get you in trouble with the law. Unfortunately, Vidal Valladeres from Houston, TX did not get the last part of that message. It’s certainly memorable, but it’s something that he may come to regret.

What Happened on the Freeway?

In mid-December of 2015, he decided that he would propose to the woman he loves, Michelle Wycoff. That’s all well and good, but he did so in one of the worst ways possible, at least for all of the other drivers who were trying to drive along Interstate 25.

Valladeres stepped onto the interstate and got down on one knee so he could propose to his beloved. While he probably thought it was extremely romantic in his own head, the other drivers who were stopped on the road (and honking and yelling at him) certainly didn’t. Stopping traffic on the interstate is never a good idea when you can avoid it, and Valladeres is finding this out the hard way, as he is now facing criminal charges. Right now, he’s facing up to six months in jail, not to mention a $2,000 fine. The only good news out of the situation was that Wycoff said yes to his proposal.

What Laws Did He Break?

Well, aside from shattering the laws of common sense, he is in violation of Texas Penal Code Section 42.03, which covers obstructions of the roads. The law states, “A person commits an offence if, without legal privilege or authority, he intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly … obstructs a highway … regardless of the means creating the obstruction”.

As you can see, the actions committed by Valladeres certainly fit the bill when it comes to breaking this law, and that’s certainly not good news for him or his wife to be. It’s still too early to tell what’s going to happen with the case, or if he is going to try to get a plea deal. There are videos of the proposal, and it seems obvious that he knew what he was doing.

Even though he may not have realized how reckless, not to mention annoying, his actions were, he could be facing quite a bit of trouble. It’s not the best way to start an engagement, but hopefully he’s learned his lesson and will not face too harsh of a penalty.

Let this be a lesson to everyone else out there who wants to come up with an interesting and “out there” proposal. It might be in your best interest to rethink your plans just to make sure you aren’t doing anything that would potentially break the law. After all, you won’t want to have your wedding cake (complete with a file) sent to you in jail!

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