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Updated: Head of FAA placed on leave after DWI charge

Federal Aviation Administration head Jerome "Randy" Babbitt was charged with driving while intoxicated. NBC's Brian Williams reports.

Updated at 2:48 p.m. ETWhite House press secretary Jay Carney says President Barack Obama was informed "in the last hour" of the arrest of FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt and "reacted as you might expect."

Carney referred all questions to the FAA.


Updated at 1:53 p.m. ET: FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt has been placed on leave after he was charged with driving while intoxicated over the weekend, the agency said Monday. 

FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt has been arrested in Virginia on suspicion of driving while intoxicated. NBC's Tom Costello has the details.

The Transportation Department, which oversees the FAA, said it didn't learn about the incident until Monday, two days later. Deputy Administrator Miguel Huerta will serve as acting administrator while officials consider Babbitt's "employment status," the Transportation Department said.

Original post: Randy Babbitt, administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, was free on bond Monday after he was charged with driving while intoxicated over the weekend.

Police in Fairfax, Va., a suburb of Washington, said Babbitt, 65, was driving on the wrong side of the road when he was stopped at 10:30 p.m. ET Saturday. Babbitt, who was alone in the vehicle, was found to be intoxicated, police said, and was held at a detention center, where he was charged and released on a personal recognizance bond.

Police said that Babbitt wasn't involved in an accident and that he cooperated with police.

Babbitt, a pilot for Eastern Airlines for 25 years and former president of the Air Line Pilots Association, was appointed to lead the FAA in 2009.

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