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Tyson's Food CFO arrested on DWI, careless driving


FAYETTEVILLE — Tyson Foods' chief financial officer John R. Tyson was arrested Thursday on multiple charges including DWI and careless driving.
Tyson, 34, was arrested by University of Arkansas Police. He was booked into the Washington County Detention Center around 1:30 a.m. Thursday in connection with DWI, careless driving and making an improper U-turn. He was released at 10:41 a.m. on $1,105 bond. He is due in court on July, 15.
In a statement about the incident, Tyson Foods said, "We are aware that John Randal Tyson, Chief Financial Officer of Tyson Foods, was arrested for an alleged DWI. Tyson Foods has suspended Mr. Tyson from his duties effective immediately and named Curt Calaway as interim Chief Financial Officer."
This is not Tyson's first run-in with the law. In the early morning of November 7, 2022, Fayetteville police were called out on a report of a burglary. According to a police report, a woman told police she had returned home and found a man she didn't know asleep in her bed. Police found Tyson asleep in a back bedroom on the first floor. An officer woke Tyson, who sat up, didn't verbally respond, then laid back down to try and go back to sleep. The officer said that there was an odor of alcohol coming from Tyson, and his movements were sluggish and uncoordinated.
In January 2023, Tyson pleaded guilty in Fayetteville District Court to two misdemeanor charges: public intoxication and criminal trespass. He was ordered to pay a $150 fine on each charge, plus court costs, a total of $440. Tyson later issued a public apology to the resident of the home as well as the company's investors and employees.
Tyson was named chief financial officer for Springdale-based Tyson Foods in September 2022. John R. Tyson is the son of former CEO and current Chairman of the Board, John H. Tyson. He is the great grandson of John W. Tyson — founder of Tyson Foods.