A 25-year-old Houston man who was charged with a misdemeanor after stopping traffic on a downtown freeway to propose to his girlfriend has been given a year of probation and apologized for his actions.

Vidal Valladares (vee-DAL' vah-YAH'-dah-rehs) got down on one knee to propose in the middle of Interstate 45 near downtown Houston in December. Horns could be heard blaring at the couple in video posted online .

Valladares was charged with misdemeanor obstruction of a roadway, but in a plea deal Thursday he was given deferred adjudication. That means the charge will be dismissed if he completes 32 hours of community service, isn't charged with a crime for a year and apologizes publicly.

He immediately apologized in front of reporters.