FAA chief charged with drunk driving: police

Reuters News
Posted: Dec 05, 2011 2:34 PM

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top aviation safety official was arrested over the weekend and charged with drunken driving, police said.

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Administrator Randy Babbitt, 65, was pulled over on Saturday night in Fairfax, Virginia, for driving on the wrong side of the road, a police statement said.

Babbitt was alone in the car and there was no accident. He was charged with driving while intoxicated and cooperated with authorities, police said.

As FAA chief, Babbitt is responsible for overseeing the nation's air traffic system and regulations governing aircraft and crew safety.

He was a pilot for Eastern Airlines for 25 years and a founding member of the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA) union.

Babbitt has been FAA chief since 2009. His office had no immediate comment on the charge.

(Reporting by John Crawley; Editing by Eric Walsh)