Getting pulled over by police is one thing, but when you’re asked to step out of the vehicle, that’s when you wished you’d stayed in the bed that day.
But it only got worse for Matt Van Vliet and his girlfriend, Samantha Labo, who got stopped in New London, N.H. and found themselves standing next to the car with a couple of very serious-looking cops staring back at them.
Then one officer took hold of Van Vliet, walked him back to the squad car, and put handcuffs on him.
Labo, having no idea what they’d done or what was wrong, starting crying.
But no worries — hers were about to become tears of joy.
Turns out Van Vliet managed to cook up an unconventional marriage proposal with local police to make popping the big question an event Labo wouldn’t forget.
And it was all captured on police dashcam video:
While the cop was “handcuffing” Van Vliet, he pulled an object from hopeful groom’s pocket.
“What’s this, Matt?” the officer asked.
By then Van Vliet knew it was time to get real.
That object was an engagement ring.
Van Vliet walked up to the quite-shaken Labo, got down on one knee, and asked her to marry him.
“Yes! Oh, my God,” Labo said, still crying, and now surrounded by a gaggle of loved ones who were in on the scheme as well.
Labo noted she was a little upset with her future husband at first, but all was soon forgiven.
“I went from being the most terrified I’ve ever been to probably the most ecstatic,” Labo told WMUR-TV in Manchester, N.H.
The reason Van Vliet wanted to get the help of police is because the couple first met after cops busted a party they both attended as freshmen at Colby-Sawyer College in New London.
The pair were released after they passed a breathalyzer test at the station, and that’s when their story began.
“That’s the first night we ever talked,” Van Vliet told WMUR.
Van Vliet and Labo, who now live in California, were attended a college reunion in September when the proposal occurred, and it’s only now hitting the viral ether.
The couple are are trying to pay off their college loans while planning a 2015 wedding.