That January marriage proposal that shut down the 10 freeway in West Covina has come home to roost.
All we can say is, Hope it was worth it.
The California Highway Patrol today said groom-to-be Hector Martinez was arrested along with some of his follow motorcycle enthusiasts who allegedly helped him shut down the 10 at North Barranca Street:
Martinez, 24, along with apparent pals Mike John David Gutierrez of Lynwood, Giovanni Mendez of La Puente and Rudy Cadena of Long Beach were put in handcuffs, according to CHP Sgt. Kurt Stormes.
The arrests happened Thursday but were only revealed today. The CHP served arrest warrants on the suspects, and Martinez, Mendez and Cadena were quickly taken into custody without incident.
Gutierrez, however, remained outstanding and, after the other three were released from jail that day, they convinced him to turn himself in, Stormes told the Weekly.
All four suspects were arrested on suspicion of creating a public nuisance and participation in an unlawful assembly. Martinez was also arrested on suspicion of exhibition of speed.
The bride-to-be, Paige Hernandez, was not arrested. Stormes explained:
We couldn't prove that she was in on it. It was kind of a surprise to her.
She said yes. It wasn't clear to us if the pair have wed since the proposal, however.
More than 100 motorcycle riders blocked the eastbound 10 freeway on Jan. 27, allegedly so that Martinez could propose to Hernandez.
The CHP states that afterward many of the participants “attended a motorcycle event at the Hooters restaurant on South Garvey Avenue, east of Barranca Ave.”
What's the worst that could happen to the suspects? License revocation? Jail time? Stormes said that would be up to the D.A., judge and jury.