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CBS 2's Dave Savini Faces Battery, DUI Charges in Naperville

CBS 2's Dave Savini faces DUI and battery charges after an incident in Naperville.

Dave Savini
Dave Savini
CBS 2 reporter Dave Savini was charged Saturday with misdemeanor battery, DUI and endangering the life of a child after a traffic accident in Naperville, the Daily Herald reported.

The newspaper reported that the driver of the other vehicle involved in the accident told police that Savini pushed him when he attempted to photograph Savini's license plate. The newspaper reported that Savini, a Naperville resident, left the scene of the incident which occurred at about 12:20 a.m. in the parking lot of a Taco Bell.

The Naperville Sun reported that Savini was pulled over a short time later near Saratoga and Plainfield-Naperville roads. The Sun reported that Savini had two children in the vehicle with him at the time of the traffic stop. Savini also was charged with leaving the scene of an accident.

Savini has worked for CBS 2 since July 2004. In 2008, Savini won the Alfred I duPont-Columbia University Award for his reporting on holes in security at O'Hare International Airport.

Savini's page on the CBS 2 website states that he has won 12 local Emmy awards and 29 Associate Press awards.

Terry Heffron January 06, 2014 at 08:58 AM
What a piss poor choice of video, Patch. Who cares if Dave Savini likes to cook, for Pete's sake! Who cares what a journalistic hero he and CBS want us to see instead of the drunk, irresponsible father who had two kids out in the middle of the coldest night in years, for fast food, then gets into an accident, assaults the person trying to document his involvement, and flees the scene. And you depict him as a cake-baking puppy dog. Talk about local minor celebrity suck up! A still photo for identification would have sufficed...were you bonafide journalists yourselves. The patch covers a black eye on this one.
Pat Ward January 06, 2014 at 04:41 PM
guess there was too much rum in the cake?
Beatriz Perez January 06, 2014 at 05:43 PM
Didn't Savini do a piece excoriating drunk drivers? He's just as bad as them actually, even worse.
Stu Pidasso January 11, 2014 at 12:17 AM
I thought the new law that was passed last January 1st, 2013 was an AUTOMATIC 30 days in jail when Charged with a DUI and having minor children in the car at the time of the offense. Lets see how this one plays out and if he gets special treatment!!
David January 11, 2014 at 08:02 AM
The poetic justice in this case is that since the incident, Savini wakes up every morning with a massive "headache." Not from a hangover, but from the downhill road he paved for himself as a disgraced public figure. In addition to battery and horrific child endangerment, I feel sorry for the other victims in this fiasco...his family members, who must endure his public shame.
Jim Court January 11, 2014 at 10:48 AM
No one is potentially immune from the ravages of alcohol, the legal drugs that has a much more detrimental wffect on society than all of the legal drugs combined. Such hypocrisy. No, the answer is not prohibition. Only through education, treatment, and social pressure will this problem be addressed constructively. This goes for all drugs. The "War on Drugs" has been a huge failure that only benefits the legal professions and those affiliated with these professions.
Cat Lover January 11, 2014 at 11:32 AM
The fact he actually eats at Taco Bell says a lot. I'm surprised a person of his stature and education would actually eat that crap.
Stu Pidasso January 11, 2014 at 02:05 PM
Cat Lover: I know guys with PHd's that eat at Mcdonalds a few times a week!!! Who cares how much education one has, when I know several "highly educated" people that are dummies!!
Cat Lover January 11, 2014 at 02:38 PM
McDonalds is better quality that Taco Bell. You don't need to tell me there are high educated dummies. I worked for the government for years and found numerous dummies. A few were in upper administrative positions. Sad isn't it?
Jay Middleton January 11, 2014 at 04:51 PM
I think his man deserves a trial and for people to stop being so damn judgmental. No one commenting knows the true story or circumstances.
Hector January 11, 2014 at 08:52 PM
Maybe the ABC 7 investigative reporter can look into it and find the truth? lol
Maori Tuakana February 01, 2014 at 08:37 PM
I'm curious what the outcome of this will be. I'll compare notes when it's over. Not proud, but I received a DUI in Illinois 7 years ago. I had spent over $15,000 by the time it was all over. Nothing (as it should be) was swept under any rug. It was embarrassing, I was lucky to not have injured someone, let alone myself. Plus the fact that you feel as if you have a label identifying you as someone you're not. It was my mistake, & I live with it. Let's see how the treat Savini. Nothing against his reporting because I am a fan.
hollaluyaatchaboy February 02, 2014 at 07:58 AM
He may not get special treatment. But nothing beats the twice now arrested son of a former will co. Judge for heroine possession. He got off light the first time lighter then any Dwlr charge.
Rich M February 02, 2014 at 12:20 PM
Cat Lover - If you can tell me where one of YOUR special places you eat at is open past midnight in the suburbs and then we'll talk. You don't exactly have a lot of choices at that time of night hence Taco Bell is one of a handful of similar options.
Stu Pidasso February 02, 2014 at 01:22 PM
Maori- $15,000, 7 years ago sounds kind of high!! What did you blow? A friend received one about 10 months ago and total cost was $6,430 costs, fines, evaluation, towing, etc. including the $700 fee for attorney and done in ONE Court visit!! ( they blew a .11 )
Maori Tuakana February 02, 2014 at 02:26 PM
Stu-I blew a .24 My attorney alone was $8000. The classes, the impound, the device in my car, the fines, & the fact that you need to pay for transportation because you are now without a license. I'm including everything, & that's roughly what my investment came out to. Everyone needs to remember the everyday expenses, the friends & loved ones you inconvenience every time you need to be somewhere. I paid them as well for my stupid mistake. Thanks for asking, Stu.
David February 03, 2014 at 10:45 AM
Jay and all the lemmings that recommended your comment. It's really cool to be super liberal and non-judgmental--when there are no facts. Read the article again! Hello!!!
Melanie Shag February 05, 2014 at 11:41 PM
Patch: you needed to "tell it like it is" just like any other person charged with this kind of infraction. Fancy a career at CBS someday? This should actually backfire on you actually. I want you to list all the accolades of every person that receives a DUI on here from now on....list all the awards won in their lifetime. From what I can gather the only entity that did their job properly was the NAPERVILLE POLICE DEPT. Goop job!!

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