FAA Chief on Leave After DWI Arrest

Randy Babbitt was driving on wrong side of road, cops say
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 5, 2011 2:52 PM CST
FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt has been suspended after being arrested on suspicion of drunken driving Saturday night.   (AP Photo/David Goldman, Pool)

(Newser) – Seems FAA administrator Randy Babbitt may have been flying a little too high over the weekend: Police in northern Virginia charged the veteran pilot with drunk driving after they spotted him driving on the wrong side of the road Saturday night, reports the Washington Post. Babbitt was alone, not involved in any accident, and cooperated with police, the Post notes. He requested the leave today, and Deputy Administrator Michael Huerta will take the FAA helm while Babbitt's employment status is under review. Babbitt has held the post since June 2009.

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