Houston Man Illegally Shuts Down Freeway for Marriage Proposal

Now faces Class B misdemeanor.

In the case of Vidal Valladares, the phrase “Love knows no bounds” should be reconsidered. This past Sunday, the 24-year-old Houston resident illegally shut down a section of the busy I-45 freeway to propose to his girlfriend Michelle Wycoff.

According to KTRK, the couple had their second date on that stretch of highway, where Valladares pulled over on his motorcycle to enjoy the Houston skyline with Wycoff.

This prompted Valladares to choose this section of I-45 as the perfect venue for his proposal a year and a half later. Enlisting the help of eight friends and family, the group slowed traffic down to a stop, while Valladares took Wycoff to the center of the now-empty stretch of highway to drop to one knee.

Wycoff ended up saying yes to the proposal, but the city of Houston is less enamored with Valladares. KPRC reports the Harris County District Attorney announced the groom-to-be will face a charge of obstructing a highway, which turns out to be a Class B offense. A group of cars, including an off-duty police officer, passed the stopped cars on the shoulder. The officer is serving as the official eyewitness in the unfolding case.

As you might have guessed, Valladares didn’t put much thought into how this illegal stunt could have affected other people. “I never really thought about causing an accident. I thought about my girlfriend,” he told the Houston Chronicle.