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Boy Helps Keep His Brother Safe, Secure During Police Chase

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Earlier this week two wanted men led police on a car chase from Waynesboro to Albemarle County with five children in the car.

Now, we're learning just how frightening - and dangerous - that ride was for the children.   

Mary Barbour, the mother of the five children, says it's a situation that is any parent's worst nightmare - her five little boys helplessly taken on a high-speed police chase.  

Police are now calling one of those children a hero.

Chavis Barbour says he was terrified Wednesday when he and his four brothers were trapped in a vehicle during the chase.   

"Scary and a little worried," said Chavis.

Police say none of the children were wearing seatbelts and the car reached speeds of more than 80 miles per hour.  

Barbour grabbed onto his 1-year-old little brother who was inside a carrier and held the carrier securely to the seat - an act police are calling heroic.

"He had the presence of mind to look after the most helpless of the victims, his 1-year-old little brother," said Sgt. Brian Edwards of the Waynesboro Police Department.   

Sgt. Edwards says officers came to tears when Barbour told them his story.

Barbour held his little brother the entire ride - from where the pursuit started along South Delphine Avenue near I-64 and ended in Albemarle County.  

When he couldn't get the seatbelt to work, Chavis grabbed his little brother and the two lay on the floor to avoid being tossed around.  

Mary Barbour says she's grateful her children are alive.

"He was so scared that they thought the truck was going to flip over," said Mary.  

An act police call heroic was simply second nature for Chavis - a boy who always looks out for his little brothers.

"He's my little brother and I like playing with him and I normally spoiled him so probably that's why," said Chavis.

Sgt. Edwards says the Waynesboro Police Department is looking for a way to honor the brave young man.

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