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Jerome "Randy" Babbitt, 65, administrator of the FAA, resigned his position on Tuesday.
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Jerome "Randy" Babbitt, 65, administrator of the FAA, resigned his position on Tuesday.

Jerome "Randy" Babbitt, the Federal Aviation Administration chief who was arrested on drunk driving charges in Fairfax over the weekend, has tendered his resignation and Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has accepted.

Babbitt issued a statement saying he was resigning because he was "unwilling to let anything cast a shadow on the outstanding work done 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by my colleagues at the FAA."

He added:

"They run the finest and safest aviation system in the world and I am grateful that I had the opportunity to work alongside them. I am confident in their ability to successfully carry out all of the critical safety initiatives underway and the improvements that the FAA has planned. I also want to thank Secretary LaHood for his leadership and dedication to the safety of the traveling public."

Babbitt, who was in charge among of the nation's air traffic controllers, was arrested on Dec. 3 after police say he was on the wrong side of Old Lee Highway in Fairfax. Before, his resignation Babbitt had been placed on a leave of absence.

Deputy Administrator Michael Huerta will serve as acting administrator.

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