Saturday, February 24, 2018

Judge dismisses DWI charges against ex-FAA chief

FAIRFAX, Va. — A judge on Thursday tossed out drunken driving charges against the former head of the Federal Aviation Administration after seeing video of the traffic stop and ruling that the officer had no legitimate reason to stop the driver.

Randy Babbitt, 65, resigned his post in December after news of his arrest became public.

At a trial Thursday, General District Judge Ian O'Flaherty dismissed the case after seeing video that showed Babbitt making what appeared to be a normal left turn into a parking lot, even though the officer had said that Babbitt had been driving on the wrong side of the road.

O'Flaherty called the traffic stop a "hunch" and dismissed the case before prosecutors could even present evidence of Babbitt's alleged intoxication.

After the case was dismissed, Babbitt told reporters he was glad to have the matter behind him and spoke graciously about the officer who arrested him.

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