A Ghanaian-US based Lyft driver Albert Boakye has been reported as a suspect after it was reported that he assaulted American country music star Clare Dunn.
The 46-year-old man who has identified as a suspect is called Albert Boakye: a Ghanaian descent. Law enforcements have issued a warrant for his arrest.
The “Tuxedo” star reported to police that she was severely assaulted in Nashville on Saturday morning (26 June, 2021) after she and a friend orderd Lyft ride home after a night out.
According to Daily Mail, The 34-year-old singer said she had a good time with girlfriends before ordering a Lyft home with a close friend.
Dunn then expected to be driven to her home some 10 miles away by the driver.
She asked the driver to take the ‘slower route’ to avoid going on the highway.
But the driver ignored her.
She said: ‘We were barreling towards the interstate and I spoke up and was like, “Hey, that was my turn. Where are you going? You need to take the next right turn”.’
That’s when the driver started screaming at her, according to Dunn.
‘I couldn’t really make it out — his English wasn’t the best,’ she said.
‘And I just knew in that moment that I wasn’t going to get on that interstate with him.
‘I wasn’t going to go quietly where he wanted to take me.
‘And I think he realized maybe this girl was going to be more trouble than she’s worth.’
As the Lyft ride was still more than a mile away from her house, the driver decided to pull over.
‘Before I could even get my shoes off or get my phone to try and call 911, he grabbed me by the collar, ripped me out of the backseat and slammed me face-first down into a ditch,’ Dunn told PEOPLE.
‘Somehow in the scuffle, I thought I called 911, but I didn’t even get the number right.
‘But it was a miracle. They called me back.
‘And when I came to, I was screaming, and I saw headlights. He ended up just leaving me alone at that point and took off.’
Dunn ran home. Her face was covered with cuts and bruises. After arriving home, she went to the emergency room.
‘The next morning, the friend I was in the car with was telling me, “Oh my God, I had this feeling when I got out of that ride”,’ said Dunn.
‘She said, “I so wanted to just tell you to get out”.’
Dunn added: ‘It makes me emotional, but she said, “I wanted to tell you to get out and we’ll get another ride, or you could just sleep on my couch,” and we both ignored it.’
She filed a police report a short time afterward. With the help of a detective, they identified the driver.
‘As women, we sometimes do that but I think when we have those feelings, they are alarm bells,’ she said.
‘I remember telling myself that I was overthinking it and I just wanted to go home.
‘That’s all I remember thinking about it and just trying to tell myself it’s fine.
‘I blame myself.’
Dunn added that while she was confident the police would soon apprehend her assailant, it was frightening to know that other women could be at risk.
‘He’s out on the street – is he doing this to someone else?’ she said.
‘Does he have a wife he’s abusing? Does he have a girlfriend he’s abusing like this?
‘Because he obviously has no regard right now.’
Lyft released a statement to PEOPLE saying: ‘Safety is fundamental to Lyft. The behavior described is appalling, and we permanently removed the driver from the Lyft platform as soon as we learned of this incident.
Dunn is urging Uber and Lyft passengers to take pictures of drivers’ license plates before getting in the car. She also encourages customers to get information about the driver beforehand.