A shocking traffic stop leads to a decent proposal
Most brides never forget the day they became engaged and certainly Desi Navarro won't. After all, how many engagement surprises involve a "stick 'em up" from a uniformed policeman?
Desi (then-Bordonaro) and Sam Navarro were planning on taking his 1952 Chevrolet to last April's Lonestar Round Up in Austin where hundreds of traditionally-styled Hot Rods and Kustoms would be on display. But before they challenged the car on a long road trip from their homes in Texas City, Sam wanted to take the car out for a test drive. Never mind that he had been warning Desi that there was a warrant out for his arrest because of unpaid traffic tickets.
About 20 minutes into their test drive, they both spotted a police car parked in a lot on the roadside. "I was thinking," she e-mailed, "Oh man, hopefully he doesn't pull us over because I don't want Sam to get arrested and I don't know how to drive three-on-a tree (an old stick shift on the steering column)."
Too bad.The police car lights started whirling. The siren sounded. And Sam was pulled over.
From the loudspeaker, the cop ordered the "male driver" to get out of the car, raise his hands and walk backwards. "I was freaking out," Desi recalled. "Next thing I know, the cop gets on his loudspeaker and says that the "female passenger" should get out of the car and walk backwards with your hands up." She followed the orders.
Then, the uniformed policeman told Desi to turn around and face Sam. She did and there was her beau on one knee with a ring in his hand and the big question on his lips.
It turned out that the cop was one of Sam's oldest friends and the two had set the entire thing up as a ruse on Desi. The only thing real about the experience was the proposal. The two were wed in October. And they have a video of the entire engagement thanks to the policeman's dashcam which recorded it all.