16 Dec 2015

Man who made marriage proposal on I-45 to face charges

The Harris County District Attorney's office announced Vidal Valldares would face a charge of obstructing a highway Tuesday. Valldares proposed to his girlfriend, Michelle Wycoff, on Interstate 45 Monday.

Several people passed the proposal on the shoulder of Interstate 45. One driver was an off-duty officer, giving investigators the official eyewitness they needed to press charges.

While some Houstonians found the proposal swoon-worthy, others thought it was a reckless act that deserved some sort of punishment.

Harris County records show that this will be Valldares second marriage. He had a divorce finalized in September.
Based on the video it appears the proposal took place Monday on I-45 south just before entering downtown. The joyful embrace of the couple and the word, 'Yes,' were drowned out by the sounds of car and truck horns.
"Not in the middle of the highway, anywhere but there," Desmond Banks said. "It's dangerous. Too many cars out on 45."
However, some found the overture bold.
"I think it's rare and romantic," one woman said. "I would want them to hurry it up, but I'd be happy for them."
Others were not so pleased with this gesture.
"I work 12 hours a day and being stuck in traffic is already one thing, but stopping the freeway to propose to your girlfriend, you should have thought of something a lot different then proposing in the middle of a freeway," Beth Lopez said.
Internet commenters were also quick to express their displeasure.
"People could have lost their job for being late because of this," one commenter wrote.

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