Federal Aviation Administrator Randy Babbitt has been granted a leave of absence following a drunken driving charge this weekend.
The Transportation Department said it had granted Babbitt’s request for immediate leave and is now reviewing his employment, according to a statement released Monday afternoon.
Deputy FAA Administrator Michael Huerta will serve as acting administrator and DOT officials, who said they only learned of the arrest Monday afternoon, are now discussing Babbitt’s employment status with legal counsel.
After appearing before a magistrate and being issued a warrant for driving while intoxicated, Babbitt was released on his own recognizance.
Babbitt, was alone in the vehicle, according to police and cooperated fully with the arresting officer.
Babbitt has served as FAA administrator since June 2009. He was an Eastern Airlines pilot for 25 years and a partner at an international management-consulting firm before being name to his government post.
FAA is expected to issue a release on the matter later today.
(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)