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Bikers briefly shut down 10 Freeway for marriage proposal

January 29, 2013 | 11:29 am

With the help of his biker friends, a motorcyclist briefly shut down the 10 Freeway in West Covina to propose to his girlfriend amid a cloud of pink smoke. Now the California Highway Patrol is investigating.

Videos of the Sunday afternoon proposal were posted on YouTube and have collected thousands of views.

Now CHP investigators are reviewing the videos, said Officer Jose Barrios. Possible citations include impeding or blocking traffic, he said.

"It's illegal," Barrios said. "They're not allowed to do that."

Barrios said the CHP had no immediate information on any accidents caused by the proposal.

In an interview with Power 106 on Monday, the happy couple — identified by multiple media outlets as Hector Martinez and Paige Hernandez — said they had not yet been contacted by law enforcement.

Martinez said he first got the idea for the proposal in October. After recruiting some help — and asking the couple's families to watch from an overpass — he told his now-fiance the trip was "just another Sunday ride."

"When he got off and took off his helmet, that's when I was confused," Hernandez told the radio station. "I saw everybody on the bridge, so I was like, 'What's going on?'"

It's not the only freeway show gaining attention in California. In Oakland, CHP officers are looking for the drivers who spun doughnuts in the northbound lanes of Interstate 880 over the weekend. Videos of that "sideshow" incident have also gone viral.

For L.A., Barrios said, the motorcycle proposal was a first.

"There's a lot of odd things that happen on the freeway," Barrios said. "This doesn't happen every day, obviously, otherwise it'd be a huge issue. We haven't seen something like this."

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