Former cyclist Lance Armstrong has been charged with crashing into two parked cars in Aspen, Colorado, after his girlfriend initially took the blame for the incident, according to police documents cited by the Guardian.
Armstrong was given two citations by authorities for fleeing the scene of an accident and driving excessively fast in the mountain resort town. There were no injuries.
Anna Hansen, Armstrong’s girlfriend, also allegedly lied by claiming Armstrong had not been drinking at the time of the incident. The two citations had initially been issued for her, before being transferred to Armstrong on Jan. 12.
Police were called on Dec. 29 by an Aspen resident who said he was the victim of a hit-and-run the previous night, according to a report by Aspen police detective Rick Magnuson.
Magnuson reportedly met Hansen later in the day.
“Hansen told us that she was driving home from an Aspen Art Museum party the previous night,” Magnuson wrote in the police report, Aspen Daily News reported. “Hansen told me that she drove the GMC home because ‘Lance had a little bit to drink so I was driving. I was not drinking.’”
Hansen allegedly said she lost control of the vehicle and struck two parked cars, after which she returned on foot and spoke to the homeowner. “Hansen added that she believed that she completed her legal obligation after providing her information,” Magnuson reportedly wrote. “I informed Hansen that she was required to immediately notify the police of an accident and return to or remain at the scene. Hansen told me that she was unaware of this law.”
In a subsequent interview on Dec. 31, Hansen reportedly admitted she was not driving at the time.
“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,” Magnuson reportedly cited her as saying.
No charges were brought against Hansen. Armstrong has reportedly hired attorney Pamela Mackey, who represented NBA star Kobe Bryant when he was charged with sexual assault. Neither Mackey nor Armstrong could reportedly be reached for comment.
Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour De France victories and banned from competitive cycling for life after he confessed to using performance enhancing drugs to the United States Anti-Doping Agency.