Charges filed after freeway shut down for marriage proposal

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Tuesday, December 15, 2015
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This proposal landed the groom-to-be with charges.

HOUSTON -- Charges have been filed against a man who stopped traffic on a busy freeway for a marriage proposal.

The proposal happened on a freeway near downtown Houston on Sunday. The Harris County District Attorney's Office announced it's charging 24-year-old Vidal Valladares with obstruction of highway, a Class B misdemeanor.

"I'm feeling bad, and of course I'm wanting to apologize to everyone if I caused any problems. That wasn't my intention in the beginning. I just wanted to do something different," Valladares said on Tuesday.

"He just proposed," Valladares' fiance, Michelle Wycoff said. "We're really sorry."

With the help of friends and family, Valladares said there were about 8 cars with him and they lined up to help stop traffic on Interstate 45.

Valladares asked Wycoff to get out of the vehicle and got down on one knee and proposed to her right in the middle of the freeway.

It was all captured on video by friends and family.

Both Valladares and Wycoff said they were surprised charges were filed. Valladares said he knows it was crazy and dangerous, but he's in love and said it was worth it.

The couple is planning their wedding for March 2016.