Tyson Foods CFO John R. Tyson Suspended After DUI Arrest: Company Announces

By Madz Dizon

Jun 14, 2024 06:26 AM EDT

Tyson Foods CFO John R. Tyson Suspended After DUI Arrest: Company Announces(Scott Olson/Getty Images) (Credit: Getty Image)

A US-based international meat processing company, Tyson Foods, decided to suspend its Chief Financial Officer following his recent arrest on multiple charges, including driving while intoxicated. 

Tyson Foods CFO John Tyson Arrested for Multiple Offenses

John R. Tyson, 34, was apprehended by the University of Arkansas police for multiple offenses, including driving while intoxicated, careless driving, and improper turn/u-turn, as stated in the records of the Washington County Sheriff's Office. He was subsequently released after posting a bond of $1,105.

Based on an initial police report, it was noted that in the early hours of Thursday, a University of Arkansas Police Department officer pursued a silver SUV that seemed to be exceeding the 25-mile-per-hour speed limit.

The NY Times reported that the officer observed that the vehicle executed a wide turn, ultimately colliding with a curb on the driver's side. It briefly veered onto the curb and grass before reentering the roadway.

According to the report, the officer pulled over the driver, who was identified as Tyson, and immediately detected a strong smell of intoxicants coming from the vehicle. Tyson's eyes seemed to be red and filled with moisture.

Tyson informed the officer that he had not consumed any alcohol and willingly consented to undergo field sobriety tests.

According to the officer, there was a noticeable scent of alcohol coming from Tyson. When questioned about his alcohol consumption, Tyson admitted to having enjoyed five to seven Miller Lite beers at Maxine's Tap Room, a popular cocktail bar in Fayetteville.

The 34-year-old was jailed early Thursday (June 14) and released, according to the Washington County, Arkansas, Detention Intake Report. His first hearing is on Friday (June 15), according to CNN.

In 2022, Tyson, the great grandson of the meat processing company's founder, was arrested for public drunkenness and criminal trespass. 

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Tyson Foods Appoints Interim CFO Replacement

The company has announced the immediate suspension of Tyson from his duties at Tyson Foods. Curt Calaway has been appointed as the interim replacement for the company. 

Tyson was charged in 2022 for sleeping in the wrong house. A local lady spotted him dozing on a bed, according to news sources. Police identified Tyson by his driver's license after she phoned them. He pled guilty to two misdemeanors after the event.

Tyson apologized in a November 2022 analyst call. "I'm embarrassed and I want to let you know that I take full responsibility for my actions," he stated. "I also apologize to our investors as I have to our employees."

Tyson, whose father holds a prominent position at Tyson's, was appointed as the company's chief financial officer in September 2022.  

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