Arresting Officer Helps Handcuffed Suspect Propose

Cop gets ring out for man in Oklahoma

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Dec 19, 2013 5:04 PM CST

(Newser) – Even in an age of high-profile marriage-proposal stunts, this one stands out as one of a kind: An Oklahoma man popped the question to his girlfriend last week while an officer arrested him on outstanding warrants. Justin Harrel of Elk City was spotted by an officer in a local park last Friday, and he had outstanding warrants for obtaining cash or merchandise by bogus check. "I advised Justin that he was under arrest and directed him to turn around and place his hands behind his back," the officer wrote in his police report.

But when the officer took him into custody, Harrel explained that he was about to propose to his girlfriend and asked if he could go ahead with it. The officer allowed Harrel to complete the proposal, and Harrel's girlfriend eventually said yes. Harrel (still in handcuffs) then asked the officer to get the engagement ring from his coat pocket and give it to her, and the officer obliged.

The scene wasn't quite as elegant as this.   (Shutterstock)
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