Her heart was pounding in her chest, she was trying to think of the best thing to do in this horrible situation. She watched hopelessly as the officer forced her boyfriend to drop to his knees before her. When he put him in handcuffs, the first tear started rolling down her cheek. She had no idea what was going on.
As far as she was aware, they hadn’t done anything that could warrant this kind of treatment. She stayed quiet, afraid that they would handcuff her too if she spoke up. Then she heard the question that almost knocked her off her feet.
Need For Speed
It was not the first time Sam Watson had seen her boyfriend, Austin Urhahn, get pulled over by the cops. In fact, it had happened plenty of times. Austin was a bonafide speed lover — there was nothing in the world he loved more than cars and motorcycles.
He worked hard since he was very young to be able to buy the vehicles he dreamed of. And the effort he put into it was paying off.
Austin had been able to put his enthusiasm for the motor world to good use by flipping used cars for a profit. He was good at it and was able to save enough money to buy the Honda motorcycle he always wanted.
But the true reward for his efforts came when he became the owner of a black 2006 Corvette. This car was his pride and joy. And, luckily, he had someone he could enjoy it with.
His Ride Or Die
Sam and Austin had been dating for almost seven years. She shared his passions and was able to drive a 6-speed sports car like no other girl he had ever met. She made him feel like the luckiest man in the world. On top of that,
She was an emergency room nurse who, despite working in one of the most stressful environments there can be, always came home with a smile and a positive attitude. He knew he had to keep this girl in his life. But it wouldn’t be that easy.
Austin’s strengths were also his weaknesses. Having a Corvette, the temptation was always there to rev the engine and put the pedal to the metal. It was the best feeling in the world. Unfortunately, it also got him in trouble.
Sometimes he got carried away, and it ended up costing him speeding tickets. “I try not to break the speed limit, but it happens,” he says. And it was starting to take a toll on his relationship.
At one point, Austin had about 20 speeding tickets in his record. Sam was well aware of this because she’d been in the car with him for about half of those traffic stops. She understood Austin’s love of speed and knew he was a great driver, but she worried.
They had already been talking about a future together, but she knew this was a red flag. What if he lost his license because of this? Then one day, something happened that brought this whole issue into stark relief.
Out On The Town
Austin and Sam were driving from their hometown of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, to see Austin’s grandfather in Scott City. It was a short drive and they weren’t in a rush, so they were going the speed limit. But then Austin changed lanes and forgot to turn on his blinker.
Before they knew it, siren lights were behind them and a patrol car was signaling them to pull over. “Are you kidding me?” Sam exclaimed. “We didn’t even speed for once!” And things were about to get worse.
Not A Routine Stop
They pulled over into a parking lot and the patrol car parked behind them. An officer stepped out and approached their vehicle. He asked Austin for his documentation and told him he hadn’t signaled his lane change.
Then the officer said he had a report of a black Corvette driving over the speed limit. Sam was bewildered. She knew they hadn’t been driving that fast. That’s when things took a strange turn.
License And Registration
The officer asked Austin to step out. Austin complied and the pair walked toward the rear of the car. But then, the officer also asked Sam to step out. This had never happened during a traffic stop before.
She followed his instructions, then watched as the officer patted Austin down. This was getting weirder and weirder.
Things Get Serious
Then she saw the officer pull something out of Austin’s pocket, saying, “That’s what I thought.” She couldn’t see what it was, but the next thing that happened made her fear the worst, “You’re going to do life for this,” said the officer as he made Austin drop to his knees and put his hands behind his back.
Then he handcuffed him. Sam’s worry was mounting by the second.
A Tricky Situation
The officer then asked her to stand in front of Austin as he went back to the patrol car to get his “evidence camera.” Reluctantly, she complied. And then her world was turned upside down.
Sam’s eyes darted from Austin to the officer and back. Then she watched as Austin pulled his hands out from behind him and placed them in front of her, holding a ring.
The Big Question
She gasped and brought her hands to her face. “Will you marry me?” she heard him ask. “Yes!” she replied and reached out to kiss him as he got back on his feet.
The officer, who was filming everything, started laughing. This had all been a ruse.
A Humourous Moment
“Were you scared?” Austin asked Sam as the newly engaged couple hugged. She said yes, and they both laughed. Then Austin turned toward the camera and began speaking. “Thank you very much,” he said, smiling. “We really appreciate everything you’ve done. Thank you, Scott County Sheriff’s Department. Everybody, thank you so much.”
Once the excitement died down, Sam found out how this whole thing came to be.
The Proposal Idea
The couple had already discussed marriage a few times before. Austin knew Sam was expecting a special proposal. “I don’t want it to be cliché, I don’t want it to be something I’ve seen a hundred times, and just please make sure it’s on camera,” she told him.
So the pressure was on. Then he had an out-of-the-box idea.
A Little Help
Austin knew Sam was worried about all his speeding tickets. So he decided to use that to his advantage. His sister was friends with Detective Barry Morgan of the Scott County Sheriff’s Department.
He asked them both to help in coming up with the perfect plan for a surprise proposal. It worked better than any of them had imagined.
A Surprised Girlfriend
Sam was truly blindsided by the proposal. “I was like what? What is this? What’s going on? And then it all made sense at the end,” she recalls. She couldn’t believe he had pulled this whole thing off. “I was very impressed with him that he went through all this.
It’s something I can’t describe. It’s so many emotions in one.
Austin was always a bit of a prankster and he often played practical jokes on Sam. But his one she never would have guessed. It was the best ‘serious’ prank. The blushing fiancé was all smiles as she asked the police officer to take a few more snaps for them.
The police officer was happy to help. He was a kind-hearted man who believed in love.
Sam immediately looked at the photos and showed Austin. It was their special moment and they couldn’t wait to share it with the world. The police officer gave them his best wishes and was on his way.
The new bridal couple was hugging and kissing in the parking lot, taking selfies to remember the moment. Only they existed n that moment in time.
“I am so happy right now Austin, you have made me the happiest girl in the world today,” the sweet girl said and hugged her new fiancé tightly.
Austin felt a burst of joy. All his planning was worth it. Sam was so happy with the outcome. It was out of the box and completely took her by surprise. “I just want to make you happy,” he said and kissed her forehead.
A Lucky Lady
Sam was in heaven and didn’t want the moment to end. “I think we should get moving from this parking lot now don’t you think babe?” Sam wiped her tears and agreed.
They jumped back in the car and decided where to go next. “I think we should go back to my place” “I thought you would want to show your parents the ring first,” he said.
A Lovely Drive
Sam was in an elated state and didn’t think that the moment could get better. But she didn’t know that the romance wasn’t over yet. Austin had made a playlist of their favorite songs and had a mini chocolate and cupcake platter in a cooler box. “Oh my god, Austin! ” Sam squealed “My favorite, you really thought of everything.”
She opened one of the chocolates and fed him while he drove. It was such a sweet moment. She never loved her boyfriend more than at this moment.
When they pulled up to her parent’s house Sam said that she wanted to be the first to tell her parents. Austin agreed and opened the car door for her to get out.
He gifted her a beautiful bunch of mixed sweet flowers he had hidden in the car. “Wow, you are full of surprises today ” she gleamed.
As she walked up the driveway she had butterflies in her stomach. She knew that her parents liked Austin, but she still wondered how they would take the news. She was in for a big surprise.
Austin opened the front door for her, as she stepped inside it was dark. “Where is everyone?” she said.
In On It
All of a sudden the lights went on, ”Surprise! ” everyone screamed in unison. Her parents and Austin’s family were there, they had arranged a surprise welcome-home party for them. Oh my god,” You guys! Sam gushed. “Congratulations honey her mother said”
Sam teared up as her parents walked towards her with their arms wide open“ You knew all along?” “Yes my darling,” her father said.
The Family Knew
It was such an emotional moment for everyone. “This fine young man, came to talk to me a few weeks ago with his grand idea, and also to ask for my baby girl’s hand in marriage” Sam’s father continued. “Oh Austin, thank you for doing things the right way by asking for permission”
Austin held her hand up for everyone to see her new ring. She was happy everyone was all together and could share in this special moment with her.
Strong Family Ties
As the family sat together to take refreshments, they laughed and shared funny stories about the couple’s journey. They had a rocky start, as some couples do in the beginning, but they grew to respect and understand each other.
The moms spoke about the wedding venue and suggested a few of the best venues in the city at the moment. Sam could see that she wasn’t going to have to hire an event planner with the two of them around. The excitement to start planning the wedding was already brewing and Sam felt on top of the world.
Austin interrupted the wedding plans to remind everyone of how great his proposal idea was. Sam laughed as she pulled out her phone to share pictures with the policeman. “Oh, how sweet ” Austin’s mother exclaimed.
“How did you feel at that moment?” Austin’s dad asked her “My heart was racing because I really thought we were in trouble.” Everyone laughed at the funny story.
Sam said that she wanted to share her big news on social media. She chose a few of her favorite pictures of the proposal and tagged them “I said Yes!” Her social media started going crazy with all her friends congratulating her and Austin.
Everyone was commenting on what a cool idea Austin had. They were the talk of the town for a few weeks.
The whole town heard about the man who got arrested went down on one knew, and then proposed to his girlfriend. It was going to be a classic proposal story for years to come.
Austin was even interviewed by the local newspaper about the story. The policeman who arrested him was also called for a comment. It was a lighthearted story that brought the community together.
A Bright Future
The couple had a lot of work to do to plan the perfect wedding. Now that they were in the spotlight, everyone was watching them to see what their plans were.
This put a lot of pressure on Austin to do things right. He wanted to give his future wife the wedding of her dreams. But would he be able to live up to her expectations?
Disclaimer: To protect the privacy of those depicted, some names, locations, and identifying characteristics have been changed and are products of the author’s imagination. Any resemblances to actual events, places, or persons, living or dead, are entirely coincidental.