FAA chief Randy Babbitt arrested for DUI, resigns image

Federal Aviation Administration chief Randy Babbitt, 65, resigned on Tuesday over a drunken driving charge.

Randy Babbitt said in a statement that Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood had accepted his resignation from his post as the head of the Federal Aviation Administration.

“Today I submitted my resignation to Secretary Ray LaHood and been accepted,”

“Serving as FAA Administrator has been an absolute honor and the highlight of my professional career. But I am unwilling to let anything cast a shadow on the outstanding work done .?.?. by my colleagues.”

The FAA chief was arrested arrested Saturday night in Fairfax City, Va., after an officer spotted him driving on the wrong side of the road and pulled him over at approximately 10.30pm, police said.

Babbitt was alone in the car, and was cooperative, police said. He was released on personal recognizance, meaning no bail was required.

Babbitt was a former airline captain and internationally recognised expert in aviation and labour relations when Barack Obamaasked him in 2009 to head the FAA, which has nearly 40,000 employees.

Deputy FAA Administrator Michael Huerta will serve as acting administrator.