FAA administrator resigns after arrest
Police arrested Randy Babbitt, 65, Saturday, on suspicion of driving while intoxicated.
December 6th, 2011
05:30 PM ET

FAA administrator resigns after arrest

Federal Aviation Administrator Randy Babbitt resigned Tuesday, three days after he was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving near his suburban Washington home.

In a brief statement released to the press, Babbitt said he had submitted his resignation to his boss, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, and that LaHood had accepted it.

Babbitt, a former airline pilot, said serving as FAA administrator had been "the highlight of my professional career."

"But 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.

The statement made no mention of the arrest.

Earlier in the day, LaHood told reporters he was "disappointed" that he had learned about Babbitt's Saturday night arrest only after police in the city of Fairfax, Virginia, released a press release about the incident.

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  1. Shane

    Well at least he wasnt flying a plane while he was drunk

    December 7, 2011 at 12:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. banasy©

    Lmao! No...trap eze.

    Many years ago I was in a serious car accident, and the pat ella was fractured; the ligaments have never been the same.
    When I fell, I sprained the ankle, and wrenched the knee again.
    It hurts, but I'll survive...I've been through worse, and it's not as bad as other times.

    If I had both knees hurt, I would look like I graduated from the "Inst itute for Silly Walks".

    December 7, 2011 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
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