FAA Chief Resigns Following DWI

Babbitt pulled over after allegedly driving on wrong side of road

By Matthew Stabley
|  Tuesday, Dec 6, 2011  |  Updated 5:33 PM EDT
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FAA Chief Arrested

Fairfax City Police arrested Jerome Randolph Babbitt, administrator of the FAA, at 10:30 p.m. Saturday.

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FAA Chief Arrested

The nation's top aviation official was arrested on DWI charges. Police say Jerome Randy Babbit, head of the Federal Aviation Administration, was spotted driving on the wrong side of the road in Fairfax over the weekend.
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The administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration resigned Tuesday following his DWI arrest Saturday.

An officer saw a vehicle driving on the wrong side of the street on the 3900 block of Old Lee Highway in Fairfax , police said. Officers pulled the vehicle over and found 65-year-old Randy Babbitt, of Reston, Va., at the wheel. Babbitt is accused of drunken driving. He was released on personal recognizance.

Babbitt requested and was granted a leave of absence Monday. He submitted his resignation to Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood Tuesday.

"I am unwilling to let anything cast a shadow on the outstanding work done 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by my colleagues at the FAA," Babbitt said.

He became the FAA's administrator June 1, 2009.  Before serving in the FAA's highest post, Babbitt flew planes for many years and is considered a veteran pilot.

Deputy Administrator Michael Huerta will serve as acting administrator.

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