Tyson Foods Heir Suspended after DWI Arrest

This is his second alcohol-related arrest.

June 14, 2024

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Tyson exec suspended due to DWI arrest
Tyson Foods was aware of the arrest and immediately suspended John R. Tyson.Tyson Foods

Tyson Foods has suspended John R. Tyson, chief financial officer and great grandson of the company’s founder, after he was arrested Thursday morning on charges of driving while intoxicated.

Tyson, 34, was arrested early Thursday by University of Arkansas police in Fayetteville, Arkansas, according to police records. He was also charged with careless driving and making an illegal turn. He was released from custody later Thursday on a $1,105 bond and is scheduled to appear in court on July 15.

Springdale, AK-based Tyson Foods said in a statement Thursday that it was aware of the arrest and immediately suspended John R. Tyson. He is the son of Tyson Foods Chairman John H. Tyson and a former investment banker who joined Tyson Foods in 2019.

Tyson Foods named Curt Calaway as its interim CFO. Calaway has been with Tyson for 18 years, most recently serving as treasurer and senior vice president of finance and corporate development.

It was the second time in less than two years that John R. Tyson was arrested on alcohol-related charges. In November 2022, he was charged with public intoxication and criminal trespassing after allegedly entering a stranger’s home in Fayetteville and falling asleep in her bed, according to AP News.

Tyson sent a companywide email apologizing for that incident, saying he was embarrassed and was getting counseling for alcohol abuse. He later pleaded guilty to those charges and settled them by paying fines and court fees.

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