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Man who proposed to girlfriend on highway appears in court

Vidal Valladares-Navas faces judge again, who made ruling

HOUSTON – It was the video that went viral almost immediately -- a man literally stopping traffic on a busy Houston freeway to propose to his girlfriend.

She said, "Yes," but just days later there was a "road block" in those wedding plans when Vidal Valladares-Navas was charged for the romantic gesture.

He faced a judge again in court Wednesday, who made a ruling on those charges.

His attorney said Vidal Valladares-Navas wasn't trying to shut down the freeway or cause a major traffic nightmare. He just wanted to impress his fiancée with a high-powered romantic gesture.

Vidal Valladares-Navas, 24, held his fiancée's hand as he walked out of Harris County criminal court Wednesday morning now free on $500 bail. He remains charged with one count of "obstruction of a highway."

Navas became infamous earlier this month when he went down on one knee in the middle of busy Interstate 45 and with ring in hand proposed to his girlfriend, Michelle, as dozens of furious motorists blasted their horns.

"This is the last thing they wanted to have happen, and his intentions were romantic and nothing more than that." attorney Mark Thering said.

On Thursday, Thering explained Vidal never intended to snarl traffic and that he just wanted his proposal to Michelle to be something very, very special.

"The things you do for love, or to impress a woman, sometimes can backfire. Obviously, in this case, we believe that's what happened," Therning said.

Navas will be in court next on Jan. 27. If convicted, he could be sentenced to six months in county jail and a $1,000 fine for a wedding stunt at least his fiancée will never forget.