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Television reporter charged with DUI, battery in Naperville

<p>Dave Savini &nbsp;| &nbsp;File photo</p>

Dave Savini  |  File photo

An award-winning investigative reporter for a Chicago television station is free on bond and awaiting trial, after he allegedly battered another motorist and then drove drunk in Naperville with two children inside his car.

CBS2 reporter Dave Savini, who reportedly lives in Naperville, is free on $300 bond, following the alleged incident Saturday morning that began in the lot of a fast-food restaurant.

Naperville police Cmdr. Jason Arres confirmed Savini was arrested about 12:21 a.m. Saturday, shortly after his vehicle allegedly damaged that of another driver in the parking lot of the Taco Bell at 1287 Rickert Drive, in the west-central part of the city.

Arres said while formal, written police reports concerning the matter had not been completed as of Saturday night, “it is my understanding (the other driver) was attempting to get a photograph of Savini’s license plate when (Savini) pushed him back.”

Arres said Naperville Fire Department paramedics were not sent to the scene, and he believed the other motorist’s injury, if any, was minor.

The other driver called 911 as Savini drove away from the area.

Arres said a police patrol officer a short time later curbed Savini’s vehicle near the intersection of Saratoga and Plainfield-Naperville roads. That is just north of 104th Street, in the Rose Hill Farm neighborhood on Naperville’s far south side.

Two children under the age of 18 were passengers in Savini’s vehicle at the time of the stop, Arres said.

He did not know their genders, ages or what relationship, if any, exists between them and Savini.

Savini was taken to the police station for photographing, fingerprinting and processing.

Arres said he was charged with two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol, two of endangering the health or life of a child and individual counts of battery and leaving the scene of an accident involving vehicle damage.

Arres said he did not have information concerning the alleged battery victim, the makes and models of the vehicles involved in the incident or what, if anything, Savini said to police following his arrest.

Savini did not immediately respond to an e-mail message sent to him by The Sun that sought comment on the matter.

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