Head of FAA Resigns Following Drunken Driving Arrest

December 7, 2011 Updated Dec 7, 2011 at 9:35 AM EDT

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Head of FAA Resigns Following Drunken Driving Arrest

December 7, 2011 Updated Dec 7, 2011 at 9:35 AM EDT

In a statement posted on the Federal Aviation Administration website Tuesday, Randy Babbitt announced he has resigned as FAA head in the wake of a recent arrest on a drunken driving charge.

Babbitt's statement reads:

"Today I submitted my resignation to Secretary Ray LaHood and it has 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 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by my colleagues at the FAA.  They run the finest and safest aviation system in the world and I am grateful that I had the opportunity to work alongside them.  I am confident in their ability to successfully carry out all of the critical safety initiatives underway and the improvements that the FAA has planned.  I also want to thank Secretary LaHood for his leadership and dedication to the safety of the traveling public."