Bevan Hurley is the Herald on Sunday chief reporter.

Magnate's son arrested

Eamon Pearse Cleary.
Eamon Pearse Cleary.

The son of the late Kiwi billionaire Eamon Cleary has been arrested in Kentucky after an alleged drink-drive rampage.

Eamon Pearse Cleary, 20, allegedly sent passers-by diving for cover while driving his car along a footpath and knocking over tables in a restaurant courtyard in Lexington.

He then drove the wrong way down a one-way street and was arrested after a brief pursuit, police said.

A witness told Kentucky TV network WKYT he had narrowly missed two pedestrians.

Michael Gardner, who works at a restaurant nearby, said the two women were lucky they didn't get hit. "It was a close call."

Sherelle Roberts of Lexington police said Cleary's vehicle hit a parked car and was finally pulled over in front of police headquarters.

The driver was intoxicated, she said.

Cleary, one of eight children, is a director of the New Zealand company Clear Mountain.

He faces several charges, including criminal mischief in the first degree, fleeing and evading police, and drink-driving.

He was booked at the Fayette County Detention Centre after paying US$10,000 ($12,300). He listed his address as Clearsky Farms on Russell Cave Rd. A worker there said they had no comment on the arrest.

His father, Irish-born Eamon Cleary, became one of New Zealand's richest people, with an estimated wealth of $1.2 billion in the NBR Rich List in 2012. He made his fortune buying land and converting it to dairy farms in the 1990s. He died in September last year.

- Herald on Sunday

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