U.S. Aviation Chief Babbitt Resigns on Drunk-Driving Arrest

December 7, 2011

Alan Levin

(Bloomberg) — U.S. Federal Aviation Administrator Randy Babbitt resigned after a Dec. 3 arrest for driving while intoxicated that his boss learned of through a police press release.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood accepted the resignation today, according to an e-mailed statement from Babbitt. Babbitt, 65, was arrested after police spotted him driving on the wrong side of the road in Fairfax, Virginia.

“We have the safest aviation system in the world, and thanks to Randy’s stewardship, it became safer and stronger,” LaHood said in a separate e-mailed statement. “On behalf of the American people, I thank him for his service and his leadership.”

LaHood told reporters in Washington today that he had learned of Babbitt’s arrest from the police press release yesterday.

Babbitt went on leave after officials learned of the arrest. The FAA’s deputy administrator, Michael Huerta, who has been in the job since since June 2010, was named acting FAA leader, the Transportation Department said.

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