Country singer Clare Dunn recounted her attack on June 26 in Tennessee. Her Lyft driver pulled her from his car and threw her face-first into the ground. Now, that driver is facing charges.
The Colorado-based star had been recording in Nashville when she and a friend shared a Lyft ride home. Her friend was dropped off first, leaving Dunn alone with the driver.
As Dunn asked the driver to take a slower route to avoid highways, the driver became agitated and started screaming at her: “He was screaming at me. I 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.”
The driver pulled over less than a mile from Dunn’s home. Before she could attempt to get out of the car, the driver grabbed her by the collar, pulled her out of the backseat, and slammed her face-first into a ditch. When she came to, she started to scream. Approaching headlights made the driver take off.
Shortly after the incident, Nashville Metro put out an alert for the driver, identified as Albert Boakye, 46, and he was booked in jail. Once Dunn provided a photo of him along with her trip information, he was placed on a warrant for misdemeanor assault.
According to the NY Post, Lyft has reached out to the singer and is working with investigators. In a statement from the company, a spokesperson said, “Safety is fundamental to Lyft. The behavior is appalling, and we permanently removed the driver from the Lyft platform as soon as we learned of this incident.”
It’s unclear at this time if Dunn will pursue further legal action against Boakye or Lyft. For more on the latest rideshare industry news, click here.
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