Kane County’s second highest-ranking prosecuting attorney will travel to DuPage County to pursue drunken-driving charges that were filed earlier this month against Naperville resident and CBS2 Chicago television reporter Dave Savini.
First Assistant Kane County State’s Attorney Jody Gleason has been named to prosecute the case, following revelations that Savini is related to one of DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin’s lieutenants.
Berlin spokesman Paul Darrah confirmed early Wednesday night Savini is a relative of a supervising attorney in Berlin’s office. That lawyer could be called as a defense witness.
Appointment of a special prosecutor was sought “to avoid any appearance of impropriety” in the Savini matter, Darrah said. Chief DuPage County Circuit Court Judge John T. Elsner granted Berlin’s request, and Kane County prosecutors on Wednesday confirmed Gleason’s involvement in the Savini case.
Savini, 47, lives on Naperville’s far south side. He was arrested about 12:21 a.m. Jan. 4, following a minor traffic crash in the parking lot of the Taco Bell restaurant near 75th Street and Rickert Drive, in the west-central part of Naperville.
Police earlier this month said Savini allegedly shoved the driver of the other vehicle, after that motorist tried to use a cell phone camera to take a photograph of Savini’s license plate. Savini, who was traveling at the time with two children under the age of 18, drove away from the area and was arrested a short time later near Saratoga and Plainfield-Naperville roads, in the city’s Rose Hill Farm neighborhood.
Savini is free on bond and scheduled to appear Tuesday in court, where he is to stand trial on misdemeanor charges of driving under the influence, battery, endangering the health or life of a child and leaving the scene of an accident.
He has worked for CBS2 since July 2004.