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Man apologizes for stopping Houston freeway to propose

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HOUSTON (AP) — A 25-year-old Houston man who was charged with a misdemeanor after stopping traffic on a downtown freeway to propose to his girlfriend has been given a year of probation and apologized for his actions.

Vidal Valladares got down on one knee to propose in the middle of Interstate 45 near downtown Houston in December. Horns could be heard blaring at the couple in video posted online .

Valladares was charged with misdemeanor obstruction of a roadway, but in a plea deal Thursday he was given deferred adjudication. That means the charge will be dismissed if he completes 32 hours of community service, isn’t charged with a crime for a year and apologizes publicly.

He immediately apologized in front of reporters.