Bodycam footage shows arrest of Tyson CFO John Tyson
Newly released bodycam footage shows the moment Arkansas police wake up a Tyson Foods executive after he allegedly passed out drunk in a stranger’s bed earlier this month.
Tyson CFO John Tyson appears disoriented and even tries to go back to sleep in the early morning ordeal on Nov. 6 as a Fayetteville police officer informs him he’s sleeping in someone else’s home.
“Mr. Tyson! John! Fayetteville Police Department, you’re not in your house,’” an officer loudly tells Tyson as he’s snuggled beneath the covers in his underwear, according to the footage obtained by Vice.
The 32-year-old scion of the Tyson meatpacking empire raises his head and briefly looks at the police officers before rolling over without saying anything.
“John, I need you to wake up and talk to me before I drag you out of here butt naked,” the officer continues.
After refusing to get up out of the woman’s bed, the officer shrugs at his partner and the two rip the sheets off of him, the footage shows. Tyson sits up, and tries to pull the sheets back over him before the officer tells him to “put your hands behind your back.”
“Yo yo yo yo — hey, hey, whoa, whoa” was all Tyson could mumble as the officers try to cuff him.
“I’m going to sleep,” he sluggishly tells the officers as they try to get him out of the bed.
“No you’re not, you’re going to jail. You’re in the wrong house,” an officer replies.
“The girl who lives here doesn’t know you. Came home to find you asleep in her bed,” another cop tells the clearly befuddled executive.
As the officers lead Tyson out of the house, he asks, “Can I go pee real quick?” Police denied the request and placed him in the back of a police vehicle.
Tyson was charged for public intoxication and trespassing after a college-aged woman came home and found him sleeping in her bed around 2 a.m.
The officers wrote in the arrest report that there was an odor of intoxicants coming from Tyson’s breath and body and that his movements were “sluggish and uncoordinated.”
The woman who lived at the home told investigators that the front door was left unlocked, allowing Tyson to enter the premises.
Tyson was booked that morning and released later that evening, according to the Washington County, Arkansas, Sheriff’s Department.
Earlier this week, Tyson apologized to investors during the company’s quarterly earnings meeting.
“I’m embarrassed, and I want to let you know that I take full responsibility for my actions,” Tyson CFO John Tyson, CNBC reported.
“I just wanted you guys to hear this directly from me and to know that I’m committed to making sure this never happens again,” he said.
Tyson is the great-grandson of Tyson Foods’ founder. He joined the family business in 2019 after previously working in investment banking for J.P. Morgan and as a private equity and venture capital investor.
According to the Wall Street Journal, The Harvard graduate is being groomed for the roles of CEO and chairman — positions his father and grandfather held at the company.
He is also a member of Tyson Foods’ enterprise leadership team, reporting directly to president and CEO Donnie King, according to the company’s website.
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