by Natalie Finn
Perhaps Lance Armstrong should stick to bicycles.
The former champion cyclist who ultimately admitted to cheating his way through seven Tour de France titles was cited weeks later after he initially let his girlfriend take the blame for him when he dinged two parked cars while they were on their way home from a party in December, according to an Aspen Police incident report obtained Tuesday by E! News.
In the Dec. 29 report taken the night after the incident, officers state that Anna Hansen told them she had been driving because Armstrong had been drinking. The report states, “She said…she was driving too fast for conditions and lost control around a snowy corner and collided with the two parked cars.”
Per the report, Tom Van Allen, the owner of the home in front of which the accident occurred, told police that he initially thought there was a hit-and-run because he went outside after he heard a noise and only saw two damaged cars. Hansen told the cops that she parked around the corner and then walked back to the accident site, where she gave Van Allen her insurance and other info, thinking he owned the cars, and promised to pay for any damages.
Officer Rick Magnuson states in the report that he informed Hansen it had been her responsibility to report the accident to police and remain at the scene. She told Magnuson that she had driven home and parked her GMC Yukon, which had damages consistent with debris found at the crash site, in the driveway.
Hansen later told police the truth in an interview conducted Dec. 31, noting that the roads were “crazy icy,” the report continues. She’s quoted as saying: “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. 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.”
Hansen reportedly said that the decision to have her take the blame was mutual. She has not been charged with any crime.
Armstrong, meanwhile, is facing up to 90 days in jail and a fine of $150 to $300 if convicted of failure to report an accident. Driving too fast for conditions, also a misdemeanor, carries a $15 to $100 fine, per the Aspen Daily News, which was first to report the latest Armstrong saga.
He is due in court March 17.