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Special prosecutor named in DUI case of TV reporter Dave Savini

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Kane County’s second highest-ranking prosecuting attorney will travel to DuPage County to pursue drunken-driving charges filed earlier this month against WBBM-Channel 2 television reporter Dave Savini.

First Assistant State’s Attorney Jody Gleason has been named to prosecute the case because Savini is related to one of DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin’s lieutenants.

Berlin spokesman Paul Darrah confirmed Wednesday night that 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,” 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 in Naperville. He was arrested about 12:21 a.m. Jan. 4 after a minor traffic crash in the parking lot of a Taco Bell in Naperville.

Police said Savini allegedly shoved the driver of the other vehicle, who tried to take a picture of Savini’s license plate. Savini, who was traveling with two children under 18, drove away from the area and was arrested a short time later.

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.

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