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FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt Arrested on DWI

City of Fairfax Police(FAIRFAX, Va.) -- Randy Babbitt, the administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, was arrested Saturday on charges of driving while intoxicated, after a patrol officer in Fairfax, Va., noticed a car "driving on the wrong side of the road,” police said Monday.

A police press release read: "After it was determined that he was under the influence of alcohol, Babbitt was transported to the Adult Detention Center where a magistrate issued a warrant for driving while intoxicated. He was placed on a personal recognizance bond...Babbitt was the sole occupant of his vehicle, which was not involved in a crash with any other object. He cooperated fully with the arresting officer," the announcement read.

Babbitt has been placed on a leave of absence, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced Monday upon learning of the FAA administrator’s arrest.

“Administrator Babbitt has requested, effective immediately, to take a leave of absence from the FAA,” the agency said in a statement.  “That request has been granted and Deputy Administrator Michael Huerta will serve as acting administrator.  DOT officials are in discussions with legal counsel about Administrator Babbitt’s employment status.”

Babbitt was named administrator of the FAA in 2009.

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