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FAA head Randy Babbitt charged with drunk driving in Fairfax
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/crime-scene/post/faa-head-randy-babbitt-charged-with-drunk-driving-in-fairfax/2011/12/05/gIQAkNjdWO_blog.html ^

Posted on 12/05/2011 11:16:08 AM PST by kcvl

The head of the Federal Aviation Administration was charged with drunk driving Saturday night by Fairfax City police after being spotted driving on the wrong side of Old Lee Highway, according to the arresting officer.

(Manuel Balce Ceneta - AP) FAA Administrator Jerome Randolph “Randy” Babbitt, 65, of Reston, was alone in his vehicle at about 10:30 p.m. in the 3900 block of Old Lee Highway and was not involved in any accident, police said. He cooperated with the officer and was released on his own recognizance after being taken before a magistrate.

U.S. Department of Transportation spokeswoman Sasha J. Johnson said the agency planned to release a statement later today.

Babbitt was sworn in as the FAA’s 16th administrator in June 2009. He is a veteran pilot and flew for 25 years for Eastern Airlines, according to his official biography.

Babbitt’s arrest information was made public in accordance with a Fairfax City police general order that says the arrest of public officials, including federal officials, for “any criminal charge or serious traffic charge (e.g. driving under the influence, reckless driving)” will be released.

Babbitt faces a Feb. 2 court appearance, said Sgt. Joe Johnson, a Fairfax City police spokesman.

Fairfax Police do not release the blood-alcohol level of those charged, or the results of roadside sobriety tests, said Johnson. State law defines DWI as a .08 blood alcohol concentration.

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TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: faa

1 posted on 12/05/2011 11:16:13 AM PST by kcvl
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To: kcvl

Pen reassignments on the Orwellian Farm.


2 posted on 12/05/2011 11:19:33 AM PST by blackdog (The mystery of government is not how Washington works but how to make it stop)
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To: kcvl

The odd thing about a lot of drunk driving cases is that they commonly drive at night on the wrong side of the road with their lights off. This is particularly worrisome as there is little you can do therefore to avoid them. What I do, however, while driving on the highway at night, is follow someone else. It sounds selfish and a little evil, since I’m hoping they die instead of me, but what else is there?


3 posted on 12/05/2011 11:26:15 AM PST by Telepathic Intruder (The right thing is not always the popular thing)
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To: kcvl

4 posted on 12/05/2011 11:30:53 AM PST by Brandonmark (2012: Our Hope IS Change!)
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To: Brandonmark

Interesting...the guy lives in my neighborhood.....


5 posted on 12/05/2011 11:35:32 AM PST by duckbutt (Those who pay no taxes have no check on their appetite for services.)
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To: kcvl

At least he wasn’t flying.


6 posted on 12/05/2011 11:36:22 AM PST by mgstarr ("Some of us drink because we're not poets." Arthur (1981))
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To: duckbutt
During his 2009 confirmation hearing Babbitt stated:

"My number one priority is to focus on safety. This is a business where one mistake is one too many."

7 posted on 12/05/2011 11:37:30 AM PST by Brandonmark (2012: Our Hope IS Change!)
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To: Brandonmark

Interesting - if he were an Air Force officer, his career would now be over.


8 posted on 12/05/2011 11:45:17 AM PST by jagusafr ("We hold these truths to be self-evident...")
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To: kcvl

As pilot were I to earn a DWI arrest I would immediately have my Pilots license suspended until I attend substance abuse classes and jumped through F.A.A. hoops.
Bet this clown gets a pass.


9 posted on 12/05/2011 11:46:07 AM PST by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) No RINO's)
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To: mgstarr

We don’t know that.


10 posted on 12/05/2011 11:46:33 AM PST by Jim Robinson (Rebellion is brewing!! Impeach the corrupt Marxist bastard!!)
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To: kcvl
Another union puke that rode the gravy train to a cushy federal job in the obama regime.
11 posted on 12/05/2011 11:47:43 AM PST by ab01
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To: mgstarr
At least he wasn’t flying.

"I go flying so high, when I'm stoned."

12 posted on 12/05/2011 11:49:06 AM PST by dfwgator
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To: jagusafr
"In the past, the FAA took no further action after a properly reported first “motor vehicle action.” Now, on all offenses, including the first, your Aeromedical Examiner (AME) may require the court documents and question you regarding the offense."

FAA new DUI policy

13 posted on 12/05/2011 11:59:55 AM PST by Brandonmark (2012: Our Hope IS Change!)
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To: kcvl

Looks like I picked the wrong week to give up...

14 posted on 12/05/2011 12:01:17 PM PST by McGruff (Hold the House, retake the Senate.)
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To: ab01
Another union puke that rode the gravy train to a cushy federal job in the obama regime

Former head of the Airline Pilots union to be precise

15 posted on 12/05/2011 12:04:52 PM PST by Regulator (Watch Out! Americans are on the March! America Forever, Mexico Never!)
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To: Joe Boucher
“Bet this clown gets a pass.”

He already is getting a pass. They ROR’ed him and didn't release the BAC to the press. I'll bet a Fairfax county employee was designated to give him a courtesy drive home.

16 posted on 12/05/2011 12:07:13 PM PST by Polynikes (Hakkaa Palle)
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To: AdmSmith; AnonymousConservative; Berosus; bigheadfred; Bockscar; ColdOne; Convert from ECUSA; ...

Just be glad he wasn’t flying a plane. :’) Thanks kcvl.


17 posted on 12/05/2011 12:07:26 PM PST by SunkenCiv (It's never a bad time to FReep this link -- https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: dfwgator

loved that Harry Chapin song..


18 posted on 12/05/2011 12:07:57 PM PST by RitchieAprile
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To: kcvl

A DWI will cost him his medical, so he cannot pilot an aircraft!


19 posted on 12/05/2011 12:08:52 PM PST by MindBender26 (Stop bothering me with minor issues. I'm too damn busy trying to save our country from Obamaism)
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To: MindBender26

He even looks like an old drunk union boss. Notice the bruise on his face in this photo (not from Sat. night either).

Babbitt's father ("Slim" Babbitt) was also an airline pilot; he was one of the founding fathers of the Air Line Pilots Association, which has become the largest airline pilot union in the United States and Canada. Randy Babbitt served multiple roles within ALPA, including serving as Executive Administrator 1987-1990. In 1990 Babbitt was elected President of ALPA and served for eight years in that position.

During the Clinton Administration, President Bill Clinton appointed Babbitt to the FAA Management Advisory Council. While in that capacity Babbitt sat on an independent review panel advising the government on aviation safety policy.

"My number one priority is to focus on safety. This is a business where one mistake is one too many." On December 5, 2011, Babbitt was placed on administrative leave after being charged with drunk driving.

Here

20 posted on 12/05/2011 12:17:34 PM PST by kcvl
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To: Brandonmark
maybe Mr Babbit was flying the FAA's plane as well...

faa mistake

21 posted on 12/05/2011 1:00:59 PM PST by edzo4 (You call us the 'Party Of No', I call us the resistance.)
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To: edzo4

November 64, Liberal Tower.

Winds 320 at 6.

Clear to land, Runway 32.

Hold short the sand trap.


22 posted on 12/05/2011 3:16:54 PM PST by MindBender26 (Stop bothering me with minor issues. I'm too damn busy trying to save our country from Obamaism)
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