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FAA chief on leave of absence after DUI arrest

Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Jerome Randolph Babbitt was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence on Saturday, Dec. 3, 2011, after an officer in Fairfax, Va., observed his car driving on the wrong side of the road.
December 5, 2011 12:00:06 AM PST
Officials say Federal Aviation Administration Administrator Jerome Randolph Babbitt has been placed on leave of absence after being arrested for drunk driving over the weekend.

According to police, Babbitt was arrested on Saturday after an officer in Fairfax, Va., observed his car driving on the wrong side of the road.

Babbitt was taken into custody and later released on a personal recognizance bond.

Babbitt was the only person in the vehicle, and he was cooperative at the time of his arrest, police said.

The Department of Transportation, which includes the FAA, says the leave was taken at Babbitt's request. Deputy Administrator Michael Huerta will serve as acting administrator.

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