In the history of how to not propose to your girlfriend, this wedding proposal fail wins a gold star for complete ridiculousness:
All was well along the 10 Freeway in West Covina around lunchtime on January 7th. That was, until approximately 200 to 250 motorcyclists stopped simultaneously, blocking all lanes and surrounding a bike with a man and his girlfriend. After his girlfriend–clearly confused–got off the motorcycle, it released a giant puff of pink smoke, and the driver got down on one knee to propose. She said yes, some bikes did wheelies, and they hugged.
Thankfully for commuters, the even only lasted 2 minutes. Afterward the group got off at Barranca Avenue and attended a motorcycle event at the Hooters restaurant on South Garvey Avenue. A success! So far not a wedding proposal fail.
But it’s not so happily ever after: four of the participants have been arrested in connection to the stunt.
“They made a spectacle of it,” said Sgt. Kurt Stormes of the California Highway Patrol. “It’s a slap in the face of law enforcement, in general.”
A video of the proposal went viral on Youtube, listing the names of many of the planners. “They bragged about it a lot,” Stormes said of the bikers, and authorities had an easy time tracking down the suspects.
According to Sgt. Stormes, the CHP served arrest warrants Thursday morning on three residences. A fourth man turned himself in later that morning at the Baldwin Park CHP office. The four men, including the groom, were booked at the sheriff’s Industry station on suspicion of misdemeanor public nuisance and participation in an unlawful assembly. Martinez, who made the proposal, was also booked on suspicion of exhibition of speed.
Authorities are particularly unhappy with traffic stunts like this wedding proposal fail. A band that blocked all but one lane of the southbound 101 Freeway in Los Angeles during rush hour Oct. 12, 2010 were convicted of felony conspiracy charges last year, as well as a misdemeanor of creating a public nuisance and two misdemeanor counts of resisting, obstructing or delaying police.
So if you’re going to propose to your sweetie in an unforgettable gesture of spectacle, just make sure it’s legal. And if you can’t do that, just don’t make a video of the event into an international hit and put your name on it!!!