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FAA Administrator Charged With DWI In Va., On Leave From Work

7:50 PM, Dec 5, 2011   |    comments
Jerome Randolph Babbitt
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FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA) -- The Transportation Department says Federal Aviation Administration chief Randy Babbitt is on a leave of absence and it is reviewing his employment after he was arrested this weekend in Virginia. Babbitt asked to take the leave, according to the Department Of Transportation. Deputy Administrator Michael Huerta will serve as acting administrator.

City of Fairfax Police say it has charged the Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration with driving while intoxicated after seeing his driving on the wrong side of the road.

Police arrested 65-year-old Jerome Randolph Babbitt of Reston on Saturday. They say about 10:30 p.m., an officer saw a vehicle driving on the wrong side of the road in the 3900 block of Old Lee Highway and initiated a traffic stop.

The officer determined that Babbit was under the influence of alcohol, and Babbitt was transported to the Adult Detention Center.  He was placed on a personal recognizance bond.

Babbitt was the only person in the car, wasn't involved in a crash and fully cooperated with the officer, say police.

The Department of Transportation said in a statement that the leave was taken at Babbitt's request.

Fairfax City Police say Randolph Babbitt was released on his own recognizance and has a court hearing scheduled for February 2, 2012, at the City of Fairfax General District Court.

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