Colorado police say Lance Armstrong crashed into two parked cars while in Aspen in December – and made his girlfriend take the blame.
Armstrong was reportedly leaving a party with girlfriend Anna Hansen on December 28 when he careened into two parked vehicles. At first, Hansen told police she was driving but later admitted that Armstrong was the one behind the wheel.
The Associated Press reports:
Hansen initially told police she had been driving home from an Aspen Art Museum party when she lost control of Armstrong’s GMC Yukon on icy roads, hitting the cars. She said she drove because “Lance had a little bit to drink,” according to the reports.
A man who had been renting one of the damaged cars told a police detective that Hansen came running up to his house in high heels, apologizing and promising to pay for the repairs.
“She said, ‘I’m Anna, we’re the Armstrongs, my husband’s Lance, he was just driving maybe too fast around the corner or something,'” the man, Thomas Van Allen, told police, according to the reports.
Police say Hansen and Armstrong left the scene before police arrived.
Detectives later interviewed Hansen, who eventually told them Armstrong was driving, but the couple had decided to let her take the blame.
“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,” Hansen told police, the reports state. “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.”