UPDATE: CBS 2 Reporter Dave Savini, of Naperville, Pleads Guilty to DUI; Other Charges Dropped

Dave Savini is expected to make an appearance today in a DuPage County court.

Dave Savini
Dave Savini
CBS 2 Chicago reporter Dave Savini, who lives in Naperville, entered a guilty plea Tuesday to a charge of driving under the influence alcohol, according to the Daily Herald. 

As a part of the plea deal, prosecutors dropped charges of battery, endangering the life of a child and leaving the scene of a minor traffic accident, according to the article. 

A judge ordered Savini, 47, be placed on supervision for a year, pay a $1,700 fine, perform 200 hours of community service, receive alcohol counseling and attend a victim impact panel, according to the Chicago Tribune. 

When police arrested Savini about 3/4-quarter miles from the Taco Bell where he was involved in a minor accident during the early morning hours of Jan. 4, his blood alcohol level was .13, according to the Chicago Tribune. 

The newspaper reports he had his son, 14, and his son's friend in the vehicle at the time of the accident where he "backed into the bumper hitch on another vehicle." 
Read more on the Chicago Tribune

The above information was updated at 12:30 p.m. on Feb. 4.
ORIGINAL STORY: There could be a resolution Tuesday in the case against CBS 2 reporter Dave Savini who is accused of drunken driving and causing a minor traffic accident in a Taco Bell parking lot and then shoving another motorist who tried to photograph his license plate, according to the Chicago Tribune. 

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

During a hearing on Monday, a DuPage County judge ruled that no photographer would be allowed inside the courtroom on Tuesday since the cameras would be disruptive "given the high volume of cases normally heard in Konetski’s courtroom," according to the Chicago Tribune. 

Following the accident in the Taco Bell lot at 12:21 a.m. on Jan. 4., The Naperville Sun reported that Savini was pulled over a short time later near Saratoga and Plainfield-Naperville roads. Police said he had two children in his car. 

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.


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