Federal Aviation Administrator Randy Babbitt resigned Tuesday

Federal Aviation Administrator Randy Babbitt resigned Tuesday, three days after he was arrested on a drunken driving charge near his suburban Washington home.

In a brief statement released to the press, Babbitt said he had submitted his resignation to his boss, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, and that LaHood had accepted it.

Babbitt, a former airline pilot, said serving as FAA administrator had been "the highlight of my professional career," adding, "But I am 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."

Earlier in the day, Secretary LaHood told reporters he was "disappointed" that he had learned about Babbitt's Saturday night arrest only after the Fairfax City, Va., police department released a press release about the incident.

His statement made no mention of his arrest, althou gh it was clearly the event that precipitated his action.


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