Suspect in high-speed chase that ended in crash apprehended

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

NORTH AUGUSTA, GA (WRDW/WAGT) -- Law enforcement officials have apprehended a man who fled from the scene of a crash following a high-speed chase into North Augusta.

Authorities managed to locate the man, identified as David Alexander Malave, on Serpentine Drive at approximately 4 p.m.

Officials say two officers, a deputy, and an animal control officer spotted Malave as he was attempting to break into a home.

The high-speed chase started in Columbia County after deputies were following a reported stolen white pick-up truck with a New York license tag.

Columbia County deputies gave chase to Malave, who eventually took them on Interstate 20. Malave according to officials, then exited I-20 on exit five.

The chase, officials said, then went down Edgefield Road and ultimately ended in a crash near the Sparkle Car Wash in North Augusta.

The crash happened, according to investigators, when the truck crashed into a van that appeared to be crossing an intersection. The truck then ricocheted off the van and crashed into an SUV.

Three people were sent to a nearby hospital with non-life-threatening injuries as a result of the accident.

Meanwhile, Malave and a female passenger jumped out of the car and fled the scene, officials said.

The female passenger in this case remains on the run.

Malave is currently being held at the Aiken County Detention Center. In addition to charges being brought by the Georgia State Patrol and the South Carolina Highway Patrol, he will be charged by the Aiken County Sheriff's Office with burglary.

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