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Dave Savini Says He’s Been Given a ‘New Perspective’ After DUI

savini_cropped_WbbmWBBM investigative reporter Dave Savini has taken to social media to talk about his recent DUI arrest.

Savini wrote on his facebook page he’ll be back at work Monday and added in part, “Just when you think you are strong you find you are not completely that rock you tried so hard to be for so long; a poor choice, a weak moment, a mistake -suddenly you find yourself on a wayward journey fighting with vigor and arduous strides to get back to that safe stone path you once walked.”

The investigative reporter for the CBS owned Chicago station pleaded guilty to DUI Tuesday. He will have to pay $3,185 in fines and perform 200 hours of community service. He was initially charged with DUI, hit and run, child endangerment and battery after an accident in a Taco Bell parking lot in Naperville, IL. A special prosecutor dropped all charges but the DUI.

“This month I was given the gift of a new perspective,” wrote Savini. “One that reaps the reward of humility, gratitude, faith and through the healing power of a sincere apology, I may have even found a little grace along the way. ” You can read the entire posting after the jump. Read more

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WBBM’s Dave Savini Pleads Guilty to DUI

savini_cropped_WbbmWBBM investigative reporter Dave Savini pleaded guilty Tuesday to DUI. Savini, who has been off the air since the arrest last month, will return to work next week, the CBS owned station reports.

“I made a mistake and used bad judgment to drive after drinking. I take full responsibility and I apologize. I deeply regret it,” Savini said in a statement through his attorney.

Savini was arrested after a car accident in a the parking lot of a Taco Bell in Naperville, Ill. He was cited for DUI, hit and run, battery and child endangerment. A special prosecutor has dropped all the charges except the DUI, and Savini will pay $3,185 in fines and fees, as well as perform 200 hours of community service and attend alcohol counseling.

WBBM’s report Tuesday was the first time the station has covered the arrest.

Outside Prosecutor Sought in DUI Case of WBBM Reporter Dave Savini

savini_304DuPage County prosecutors will seek the appointment of a special prosecutor for the DUI case of WBBM reporter Dave Savini because of a potential conflict of interest, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

“A member of our supervisory staff is a family relative of Mr. Savini,” a spokesman for the DuPage County State’s Attorney’s office told the Sun-Times. He said if the judge agrees, a special prosecutor from outside the county will be named.

Savini was arrested earlier this month after an accident in the parking lot of a Taco Bell in Naperville, Ill. He faces charges of DUI, endangering the life of a child and battery.

Chicago Media Writer Questions WBBM Coverage of Reporter’s DUI

savini_mugshotRobert Feder has set his sights on what he’s saying is a lack of transparency in WBBM‘s handling of Dave Savini‘s recent arrest for DUI.

The Chicago media writer takes the the CBS owned station to task for not reporting or commenting about the arrest of its own investigative reporter on its website or on-air.

Feder said he did get an email message from a WBBM spokesperson after asking GM Marty Wilke for comment, “At this time, we have declined all requests for comment and are referring all press inquiries to Dave’s attorney.” Feder wrote that Savini’s attorney has also refused to comment.

It strikes me as the height of hypocrisy for a station that demands answers from everyone else not to respond to legitimate inquiries about one of its own employees.

Remember that the next time you see Savini, in all his self-righteous arrogance, chasing after some unwitting target who doesn’t want to talk to him. Or the next time CBS 2 makes a big deal about a minor celebrity who gets in trouble.

“Original Reporting” my ass.

TVSpy was referred to Savini’s attorney by a CBS spokesperson when we asked about Feder’s column.

WBBM Reporter to Fight Suspension of Driving Privilege after DUI Arrest

savini_mugshotThe Chicago Tribune is reporting Dave Savini, the investigative reporter for Chicago CBS owned station WBBM plans to fight the automatic suspension of his license after his DUI arrest last weekend.

Savini’s attorney is fighting Illinois’ Statutory Summary Suspension. According to a FAQ page on the Illinois Secretary of State’s website, the Statutory Summary Suspension “will result in a 6 or 12-month suspension” after a blood alcohol level more than a .08 in a chemical test.

The Tribune reports Savini’s lawyer filed a petition Wednesday in DuPage County:

The petition says Naperville police did not have probable cause to charge Savini with driving under the influence. The petition also says police did not follow proper procedures during Savini’s arrest and blood-alcohol test.

According to DuPage County court files, Savini’s blood-alcohol level registered .134 in the early-morning hours of Jan. 4, following his arrest by Naperville police on misdemeanor charges of DUI, battery, child endangerment and leaving the scene of an accident.

WBBM Reporter Facing Multiple Charges After Weekend Accident

savini_cropped_WbbmDave Savini, investigative reporter for CBS owned Chicago station WBBM, is facing multiple charges after being arrested Saturday.

The Daily Herald is reporting Savini faces charges of DUI, endangering the life of a child and battery after a minor accident in the parking lot of a Taco Bell in Naperville, IL.

The driver of the other vehicle told police that he wanted to report the collision to police, but Savini refused, Cmdr. Lou Cammiso said. The driver said Savini pushed him when he took a photograph of Savini’s license plate with his phone, Cammiso said. Read more