Albert Boakye, a 46-year-old Lyft driver from Nashville, Tennessee was arrested Tuesday for attacking Clare Dunn while she was in his car. The country singer claimed that Boakye was agitated and attacked her while driving her home. Dunn has recently opened up about the horrific assault.
Boakye was released from the Nashville Metro Jail early Tuesday morning, just a couple of hours after he was taken in. He was charged with misdemeanor assault and freed on a $1,000 bond.
Clare Dunn is a country singer best known for her songs “Move On Out” and “Tuxedo.” She spent much of the pandemic at her home in Colorado, but returned to Nashville to record some new songs and re-connect with her girlfriends.
The attack occurred on June 26 at around midnight. Dunn and a friend had enjoyed a spirited girls’ night out when they decided to share a Lyft home. Her friend was dropped off first, but the horrors didn’t start until the driver started the route to Dunn’s house.
The singer explained to reporters that she asked him to take a slower route and avoid the highway. Albert Boakye ignored her wishes. When she asked again he became agitated and started screaming at her. “And I just knew at that moment that I wasn’t going to get on that interstate with him,” Dunn said. “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.”
Boakye then pulled over the car nearly a mile from Dunn’s home on Highway 70 South. He dragged her out of the vehicle by her neck before pushing her face-first into the ground. She tried to call 911 during the altercation but didn’t get the number right. Dunn had to run home with bruises on her face and blood dripping down her skin.
“Somehow in the scuffle, I thought I called 911, but I didn’t even get the number right,” Dunn explained. “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.”
Lyft assisted with Nashville Metro Police’s search for Albert Boakye. After the attack, Boakye hit “complete the ride,” before fleeing the scene. By hitting this button, all information about the driver is removed from the passenger’s phone. Luckily, Dunn had already saved the information on her phone and was able to give it to the police.
A spokesperson from Lyft said “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.”
With the recent arrest of her attacker, Dunn is opening up about the horrors that she went through. She hopes other women can learn from her experience. Dunn says that she had a feeling that something was wrong when they got into the car, but she ignored it. She doesn’t want other people to make the same mistake that she did.
“As women, we sometimes do that but I think when we have those feelings, they are alarm bells,” Dunn 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.”
The morning after the attack, Dunn’s friend also admitted that she had a bad feeling when they entered the car, but she didn’t act on it. Dunn has returned to her home in Colorado to start healing from the attack.