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Outside prosecutor sought in DUI case of TV reporter Dave Savini

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Updated: February 17, 2014 8:20AM

Because a potential conflict of interest, DuPage County prosecutors will ask a judge Wednesday to appoint a special prosecutor in the DUI case of Chicago television reporter Dave Savini.

“A member of our supervisory staff is a family relative of Mr. Savini,” said Paul Durrah, a spokesman for the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s office.

Bringing in an outside prosecutor to handle the case will avoid any possible conflict, Durrah said.

If the judge agrees, a special prosecutor from outside DuPage County would be named to handle the case.

Savini, an investigative reporter for WBBM-Channel 2, is charged with two counts of driving under the influence of alcohol; two counts of endangering the health or life of a child; battery; and leaving the scene of an accident

He was arrested early on Jan. 4 after hitting a vehicle in the parking lot of a Taco Bell in Naperville. After the driver of the vehicle Savini hit tried to take a photograph of reporter’s license plate, Savini pushed the driver, then drove away, police said.

The driver called 911. When Savini’s vehicle was stopped shortly afterward, officers found he had two children under 18 with him.

Savini, who is 47 and lives in Naperville, failed a field sobriety test and had a blood-alcohol level of 0.134, according to court documents.

Savini’s attorney, Terry Ekl, has asked the court to rescind the automatic suspension of Savini’s license, which would kick in 45 days after the arrest.

Ekl’s petition said Naperville Police did not have probable cause to charge Savini.


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