Police scanner audio details high speed chase in Columbia County

Friday, April 19, 2019
News 12 at 6 o'clock/NBC at 7

COLUMBIA COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT) -- A second suspect in this high-speed chase is still on the run. It started in Columbia County and ended in North Augusta yesterday.

The other suspect David Malave is behind bars. Police found him hiding in a closet with a knife in a house he broke into on Serpentine Drive.

Tonight we're listening to the police audio from the chase.

"They got a pretty big mess over there,” said Sheriff Hunt.

A stolen pick-up truck led law enforcement on a high-speed chase in Columbia County.

"They're going to be on highway 25 now going towards Edgefield or Augusta? Going towards Georgia.”

The driver, 23-year-old David Alexander Malave crashed into 2 other cars in North Augusta, injuring 3 people.

"There's nobody in the suspect vehicle so they both took off," said Hunt.

Both the driver and his female passenger took off on foot.

“They went behind the shopping center into the woods. 5 foot 3 Hispanic female, green shirt and tan cargo pants.”

Multiple agencies jumped in to help.

"Headquarters call Aiken County and see if we can get a county unit or two to set up a perimeter."

Aiken County responded right away.

“Alright we have deputies on the way and I'll get this tracking team activated. Sheriff, going ahead and get the dog in route.”

The search took hours. Law enforcement got in touch with Malave's mother.

“I'm out with his mama now. She said he won't answer the phone but he's telling her to come get him."

He was calling from a landline.

"We must be right close to him then,” said Hunt.

Two officers, a deputy, and an animal control officer spotted Malave attempting to break into a home.

“You can put it out that we have a subject captured," said Hunt.

Malave is facing 7 different charges in Aiken County. Since this involved multiple agencies, he's also looking at charges from Georgia State Patrol and South Carolina Patrol.

As far as the female passenger he is with, law enforcement told News 12 she's not likely to face any charges because she wasn't the driver.