FAA Administrator Resigns Following DWI Arrest

Dec 6, 2011 6:22pm

ABC News’ Sarah Parnass and Matt Hosford report:

Federal Aviation Administration Chief J. Randolph Babbitt left his post today, in light of his recent arrest for allegedly driving while intoxicated.

The former airline pilot was put on a leave of absence Monday, after police arrested him in Virginia Saturday night, saying Babbitt was under the influence of alcohol while driving. He was pulled over after an officer on patrol observed a vehicle driving on the wrong side of the road, according to a statement from the Fairfax Police Department.

In a statement from Babbitt released today by the FAA, he said he was “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.”

“ I am confident in their ability to successfully carry out all of the critical safety initiatives underway and the improvements that the FAA has planned,” Babbitt wrote.

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