- FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt resigned yesterday as head of the Federal Aviation Administration following his arrest over the weekend on charges of drunken driving.
Babbitt was about halfway through a five-year term. Deputy FAA Administrator Michael Huerta will serve as acting administrator.
Babbitt, 65, was arrested Saturday night in Fairfax City, Va., by a patrolman who reported that the nation's top aviation official had been driving on the wrong side of the road.
Babbitt said in a statement that he had submitted his resignation to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and it had been accepted.
"I am unwilling to let anything cast a shadow on the outstanding work done 24 hours a day, seven days a week by my colleagues at the FAA," Babbitt said.