One man may have gone a bit overboard when proposing to his girlfriend.
Ben Vienneau, 27, wanted to make sure the proposal was memorable, but instead of pulling a big “Will You Marry Me?” banner behind an airplane or putting it on the jumbotron at a sporting event, he had his girlfriend of five years, Marcia Belyea, 25, pulled over by a police officer.
The officer, who unbeknownst to Belyea was a friend of Vienneau’s brother-in-law, told her she owed $2,000 in fines and faced 30 days in jail. But as she sat crying in the back of the patrol car, the officer offered her a plea bargain. If she agreed to a marriage proposal, he would let her go.
“I wasn’t that angry actually,” Belyea told GoodMorningAmerica.com. “A lot of people have been asking me that. The proposal definitely trumps the anger.”
Belyea says she knew a proposal was coming in the near future, but she had no idea it would involve scaring her half to death.
“There were a lot of things going through my mind sitting in the back of that car,” said Belyea. “We had been talking about getting engaged for a little while now. We had gone to look at rings. But I thought it was going to be a couple weeks from now when we go on this camping trip.”
Vienneau came up with the crazy stunt when he heard about a contest a local radio station was throwing, which would award the couple with the craziest marriage proposal $20,000 toward their wedding.
“He thought, ‘Wow. Wouldn’t it be crazy to win a $20,000 wedding?’ So he took that and ran with it,” Belyea said. “The whole experience has been fun.”
The happy couple, from Saint John, Canada, has made it into the contest’s top 10 finalists. The winner will be announced Monday.
As for setting a wedding date, they’re waiting to see if they win before choosing one.
“If we win the contest, the wedding is July 19, 2014. The [radio station] already [has] it all planned out,” said Belyea. “But if we don’t, then we’ll start making plans. But we’re definitely sticking with summer or spring.”