FAA Chief Resigns Following Drunk Driving Arrest

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Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration Randolph Babbitt testifies during a hearing before the Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security Subcommittee of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on May 24, 2011 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration Randolph Babbitt testifies during a hearing before the Aviation Operations, Safety, and Security Subcommittee of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee on May 24, 2011 on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Randy Babbitt says he will resign as head of the Federal Aviation Administration following his arrest over the weekend on charges of drunken driving.

Babbitt said in a statement Tuesday that he didn’t want to allow anything to “cast a shadow” on the work done by his colleagues at the FAA.

The 65-year-old Babbitt was arrested Saturday night in Fairfax City, Va., by a patrolman who said the FAA administrator was driving on the wrong side of the road.

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