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Chicago Tribune political reporter charged with DUI in Springfield

Chicago Tribune political reporter Rick Pearsseen here 2004 with then Rep. Jesse JacksJr. was arrested suspiciDUI Springfield early Friday morning.

Chicago Tribune political reporter Rick Pearson, seen here in 2004 with then Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., was arrested on suspicion of DUI in Springfield early Friday morning. | Sun-Times file

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Updated: July 2, 2013 8:13AM

Veteran Chicago Tribune political reporter Rick Pearson was charged with DUI early Friday in Springfield, where state lawmakers were meeting this week.

Springfield police saw Pearson driving the wrong direction on a one-way street near 7th Street and Capitol Avenue and performed a traffic stop at 12:41 a.m., said Nathan Mihelich, director of communications for the City of Springfield.

The officer suspected Pearson was intoxicated and took him into custody, Mihelich said. He was charged with driving under the influence and ticketed for improper lane usage, police said.

Pearson was taken to Sangamon County Jail, where he was held on $1,000 bond, Mihelich said. He was released after posting $100, the required 10 percent.

Pearson has covered local, state and national politics for the Chicago Tribune since September 1997. He also appears on WGN-TV and WGN-AM radio.

Pearson, 54, did not respond to requests for comment. Chicago Tribune spokeswoman Maggie Wartik declined to comment.

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