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Man’s voodoo doesn’t stop his arrest

Courtney Astolfi • Jan 23, 2014 at 12:30 AM

A Sandusky man’s voodoo magic didn’t stop police from locking him behind bars Sunday afternoon after he allegedly crashed his car while under the influence, with an 8-year-old child in the backseat.

Prince Ayere, 30, of the 4500 block of Venice Heights Blvd., was charged with three counts of resisting arrest and one count each of endangering children, operating a vehicle under the influence, failure to control a motor vehicle and disorderly conduct intoxicated.

Ayere’s Cadillac Eldorado crashed into a pole near the Sandusky post office at about noon Sunday, prompting police officers to descend on the scene, according to a Sandusky police report.

Officers noticed Ayere’s glassy eyes and dilated pupils as he told them his car spun out of control after he left the library—all the while, pointing at the post office, the report said.

During the course of officers’ interaction with Ayere, he became increasingly agitated and aggressive, the report said. He allegedly fought with officers multiple times as they arrested him.

The 8-year-old boy in the backseat of Ayere’s car told paramedics he was not hurt in the crash, but he did say Ayere had been acting strange.

The boy said Ayere opened and closed his family’s refrigerator several times that day, and “began to wiggle his arms around like they were made of Jello” the report stated.

The boy’s mother said she thought the child was in her sister’s care at the time of the crash. Ayere later refused to cooperate with officers at the police station, and caused a disturbance in the emergency room.

As an officer was driving Ayere to the Erie County jail, “he began to sing a voodoo curse” the report stated.

When he was finished, Ayere told the officer to seek him out, because only he would be able to release the curse.

Ayere was released from the Erie County jail on Tuesday afternoon.

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