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Wrong-way driver linked to late billionaire's Kentucky horse farm

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The 20-year-old man accused of going on a drunken, wrong-way journey through downtown Lexington lists a Kentucky horse farm owned by a late billionaire as his home.

The arrest report from Friday morning -- as well as a June 1, 2012, drunk driving case -- lists Eamonn Pearce Cleary's home address as Clearsky Farms on Russell Cave Road.

Clearsky Farms was bought in 2009 by Irish-born Eamon Cleary who became an international developer and named one of New Zealand's richest people. He died in September from cancer and his obituary listed he had eight children including a son named Eamonn, according to The Irish Independent newspaper.

Lexington Police say they started their pursuit of the 20 year old after he allegedly drove up onto a Limestone Street sidewalk narrowly missing two pedestrians and running over patio furniture in front of a restaurant.

"Two ladies were walking on the sidewalk. They were lucky they didn't get hit. It was a close call," said Michael Gardner who works at one of the restaurants nearby.

After a chase down Limestone which ended up headed the wrong-way onto Main Street, Lexington Police arrested Eamonn Cleary near the Lexington Police Department headquarters.

Cleary faces several charges, including first degree wanton endangerment, fleeing and evading police, and drunk driving.


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