A top executive at plant-based food company Beyond Meat has been charged with a felony after a brawl outside a college football game in which he was accused of biting a man on the nose.
Doug Ramsey was also charged with making a terroristic threat after the attack Saturday in a parking garage outside a University of Arkansas football game in Fayetteville.
According to a police report, Ramsey became enraged when another driver pulled in front of him in the traffic lane and hit the front passenger wheel of Ramsey’s Ford Bronco SUV.
The police report alleges that Ramsey got out of his vehicle and punched through the rear windshield of the other driver’s vehicle. The driver told police he got out of the car, and Ramsey pulled him close and began punching him. Ramsey also bit the tip of the other driver’s nose, tearing the flesh, according to the police report.
The driver and witnesses told police that Ramsey threatened to kill another person. The occupants of both vehicles got out and separated the two men.
Washington County court records show Ramsey was released Sunday on $11,085 bond. The trial is scheduled for October 19.
Ramsey, 53, spent more than 30 years at Tyson Foods in Springdale, Arkansas, before joining Beyond Meat late last year as chief operating officer. He has held senior management positions at Tyson, including president of the poultry division and president of McDonald’s global business.
At Beyond Meat, he managed partnerships with fast food companies including McDonald’s and KFC.
Beyond Meat did not respond to email and phone messages left by The Associated Press.
Shares of Beyond Meat fell 2% to $16.68 on Tuesday, closing at a 52-week low of $16.51.
The El Segundo, California-based company has struggled this year as customers dealing with steep grocery bills have bypassed its more expensive products. McDonald’s also recently completed a US trial of its meatless McPlant burger _ developed in collaboration with Beyond Meat _ without confirming future plans for the product.
In August, Beyond Meat laid off 4% of its workforce.
AP Writer Andrew DeMillo in Little Rock, Arkansas contributed.