Instead, the 24-year-old woman left the scene in tears of joy and wearing an engagement ring, learning later it was a staged traffic stop which was all part of Michael Di Mascio’s plan to ask his girlfriend of five years to be his wife.
“I had been trying to involve (police) for a few months with my engagement proposal to my girlfriend,” the 27-year-old man told The News Wednesday (May 6). “When they finally said yes, I was ecstatic, and I was even happier when she said yes.”
Di Mascio and officers Michael Kremer and Kevin Mitchell concocted a plan to have Di Mascio and Silva pulled over Sunday afternoon outside the parking lot of Saint Pio of Pietrelcina Elementary School on Huron Heights Dr. The couple met in the same parking lot five years ago while they were waiting for their younger siblings to finish school.
In the video, a visibly-shaken Silva is told to step out of the vehicle and put her hands on the car, a black Ford Mustang that Di Masco borrowed from a Ford Canada. Di Mascio works for Blue Hive Canada, which handles marketing for several Ford dealerships in the area.
Constables Kremer and Mitchell are questioning Di Mascio and his girlfriend in the video, suggesting the car had been stolen. Kremer then distracts Silva with questions as her boyfriend reaches for the engagement ring and suddenly goes down on one knee and proposes.
“I’m going to keep you on your toes for the rest of your life,” he tells her. “I love you so much. Will you marry me?”
Kremer secretly filmed the incident.
“I was shocked but I wasn’t totally surprised because anything Michael does, he always goes above and beyond,” Silva said.
Di Mascio, 27, said he also wanted to credit Peel Staff Sgt. Peter Lang for putting the plan into action.
The couple plan to get married next year.
Source: Mississauga News