10-year-old boy takes control of truck and pulls over during police chase after driver went into oncoming trafficBy Mason White 11:53 AM March 29, 2016
|Christopher Wheeler (center)|
By: Tanya Malhotra
(Scroll down for video) A 10-year-old boy is called a hero after he took control of a truck and brought it to a stop during a police chase.
Special Agent Eric Salvador with the Attorney General’s Office in Montgomery, Alabama, was driving on I-65 when he saw a pick-up truck weaving in and out of his lane of traffic.
Salvador said he tried to pull the vehicle over with lights and sirens, but the it continued driving dangerously on the interstate.
The bed of the truck was loaded with materials so he could not see how many people were inside. He called the state police for help.
Salvador and other officers pursued the truck and watched as it entered into oncoming traffic several times and it ran a red light in front of Walmart.
The vehicle eventually slowed down and came to a stop. That is when police noticed that the driver was a 10-year-old boy, who was identified as Christopher Wheeler.
Police found Wheeler driving the car while his 70-year-old neighbor was unresponsive. The boy said that his neighbor, Alfred Smith, offered to take him along on a trip to a scrapyard.
However, during the ride, when the boy realized that the elderly man was losing control of the car, he decided to take action.
“I did not want to die,” he said. Police determined that Smith had gone into diabetic shock, and he went in and out of consciousness.
The boy was hailed a hero and police said that he likely saved the lives of himself, the driver and other innocent people.