CBS 2’s Savini charged with DUI

Dave Savini

Dave Savini

CBS-owned WBBM-Channel 2 was keeping mum Saturday on the arrest of veteran investigative reporter Dave Savini, who faces charges of hit-and-run, driving under the influence, battery and endangering the life of a child.

The Daily Herald reported that police in west suburban Naperville arrested Savini shortly after midnight Saturday after he was reported to have been involved in a traffic accident in the parking lot of a Taco Bell. The driver of the other vehicle said Savini pushed him when he took a photograph of Savini’s license plate, according to police.

The endangerment charge was filed because Savini, a Naperville resident and father of two, had two children under 18 in the car, the report said. He was released on $3,000 bond.

CBS 2 did not report the arrest on its website or on its 10 p.m. newscast Saturday.

Savini, 46, grew up on Chicago’s Northwest Side and began as a intern for WMAQ-Channel 5’s investigative unit in 1987. He rejoined the NBC-owned station in 1993 from WROC-TV in Rochester, N.Y. In 2004, he jumped to CBS 2.

Among his award-winning series was “Code Blue, Code Red,” which investigated law enforcement officials and exposed 250 drunk driving offenders among Chicago police officers, firefighters and paramedics in 2003.

But he’ll forever be remembered for “Hidden Hotel Horrors,” the 3½-minute sweeps piece he delivered in 1996 in which he pointed out “splotches of semen, vaginal fluid and blood” by showing an ultraviolet light passed over the bedding in three Chicago area hotel rooms.