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FAA Chief Arrested for Drunk Driving (Updated)

1:31 PM, Dec 5, 2011 • By DANIEL HALPER
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Randy Babbitt, the head of the Federal Aviation Administration, was arrested Saturday for drunk driving. He was "spotted driving on the wrong side of Old Lee Highway, according to the arresting officer," the Washington Post reports. Babbitt was arrested in a suburb of Washington, D.C. The Post reports: 

Babbitt . . . was alone in his vehicle at about 10:30 p.m. in the 3900 block of Old Lee Highway and was not involved in any accident, police said. He cooperated with the officer and was released on his own recognizance after being taken before a magistrate.

U.S. Department of Transportation spokeswoman Sasha J. Johnson said the agency planned to release a statement later today.

UPDATE: The AP reports: "FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt was placed on a leave of absence Monday and U.S. officials said his employment is under review following his arrest for drunken driving in suburban Northern Virginia." 

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