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Lyft driver who ‘dragged terrified country singer Clare Dunn out of his car’ is identified

Police in Nashville have identified the man they say is the Lyft driver who assaulted country music star Clare Dunn by dragging her out of the backseat of his car and slamming her face-down in a ditch on June 26.

Law enforcement officials have a warrant out for the arrest of Albert Boakye, 46.

Dunn provided investigators with a photo of Boakye from the Lyft app, according to TMZ.

The country star who is known for hits like Move On, Get Out, and Tuxedo revealed the harrowing details about the incident in an interview with PEOPLE last week.

She said that she was out with her friends late on the evening of June 25 in Nashville.

The 34-year-old said she had a good time with girlfriends before ordering a Lyft home with a close friend.

Law enforcement officials have a warrant out for the arrest of Albert Boakye, 46

Police in Nashville are looking for a man who they say is the Lyft driver who assaulted country music star Clare Dunn (left) by dragging her out of the backseat of his car and slamming her face-down in a ditch on June 26. Law enforcement officials have a warrant out for the arrest of Albert Boakye (right), 46

‘I had that intuition that something was wrong, and I ignored it,’ she told PEOPLE.

At around midnight, Dunn and her friend hailed a Lyft to drive them home. The friend was dropped off before Dunn without incident.

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.

Dunn provided investigators with a photo of Boakye from the Lyft app, according to TMZ. The country star who is known for hits like Move On, Get Out, and Tuxedo revealed the harrowing details about the incident in an interview with PEOPLE last week

Dunn provided investigators with a photo of Boakye from the Lyft app, according to TMZ. The country star who is known for hits like Move On, Get Out, and Tuxedo revealed the harrowing details about the incident in an interview with PEOPLE last week

‘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.

She said that she was out with her friends late on the evening of June 25 in Nashville. The 34-year-old said she had a good time with girlfriends before ordering a Lyft home with a close friend

She said that she was out with her friends late on the evening of June 25 in Nashville. The 34-year-old said she had a good time with girlfriends before ordering a Lyft home with a close friend

‘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.

‘We’ve reached out to Ms. Dunn to offer our support and are assisting law enforcement with their investigation.’

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.

‘This has been hell,’ she said.

‘I don’t want anyone else to go through it. Even if it just can keep one girl or one guy from going through this … he knew what he was doing.

‘He hit “complete the ride” after it was done.

‘I didn’t take a screenshot of his license information during the ride. All of that goes away when a ride is completed.

‘All I had was a little tiny profile picture and his first name.

‘It’s a slow process if you don’t have all that info.’ 

Meanwhile, Dunn has returned home to her farm in Colorado as she continues to heal physically and emotionally from the assault.  

‘I wake up a couple of times throughout the night thinking I heard something — like someone’s at my back door,’ she said.

‘Even just in the past year, before this whole deal happened, it felt like the world was just such a crazy, scary place in general. So being here on the farm is definitely a safe place for me right now.’


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