Disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong hit two parked cars after a night of partying in Aspen, Colorado, but agreed to let his girlfriend take blame.
According to The AP (via The Denver Post), Lance’s girlfriend, Anna Hansen, initially told police she was driving his car home from an Aspen Art Museum party because, as she said, “Lance had a little bit to drink.” She added she lost control of Lance’s GMC Yukon on the icy roads. However, Anna eventually admitted to lying for him when detectives interviewed her about the accident.
“We’ve had our family name smeared over every paper in the world in the last couple of years and honestly, I’ve got teenagers, I just wanted to protect my family,” Anna told police. “I thought, gosh, ‘Anna Hansen hit some cars,’ it’s not going to show up in the papers, but ‘Lance Armstrong hit some cars,’ it’s going to be a national story.”
Well, she was right about that. The rub is, the initial lie only got Lance into more trouble after she confessed. The Aspen Police Department cited him with failing to report an accident and speeding on Jan. 12 after Dec. 28 accident.
A man who had been renting one of the damaged cars told a detective that Anna ran up to his house in high heels, apologized and promised to pay for the repairs. He called police to report a hit-and-run. Anna and Lance left the scene before police arrived, which is strange considering Anna revealed their identity in the midst of her apology. She was not charged with a crime. Lance faces a potential 90 days in jail and multiple fines.
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