HOUSTON — Love can make you do some pretty crazy things. Bringing a major interstate in downtown Houston to a standstill probably shouldn’t be one of them.
Vidal Valladares, 24, has been charged with obstruction of a highway, a misdemeanor, for shutting down I-45 on Sunday to propose to his girlfriend, the Harris County District Attorney’s Office said. The misdemeanor is punishable by up to six months in jail.
“I’m feeling bad and, of course, I just wanted to apologize to everyone if I caused any problems,” Valladares told KTRK. “That wasn’t my intention in the beginning. I just wanted to do something different.”
His 23-year-old girlfriend Michelle Wycoff said, “Yes.” The wedding is in March.
Valladares posted a picture of him popping the question on Instagram.
“When you shut down one of the biggest and busiest freeways in the entire country (I45) and you ask your girl if she wants to marry u, That moment is priceless love u #shesaidyes.”
Friends and family stop traffic
Valladares had a few accomplices in his endeavor. Friends and family in eight cars blocked traffic so he could pull it off, KTRK reported.
Why I-45 in downtown Houston? That’s Wycoff’s favorite view of the city. Valladares wanted the setting to be perfect.
“Love makes you do stupid things and I wanted to do something big for my girl,” Valladares said. “Something that she will always remember.”