Lance Armstrong has been cited for a hit-and-run accident in Aspen, Colorado, that occurred before the new year. According to the Washington Post, Armstrong has been accused of hitting two parked cars after a night of partying, but he first tried to blame everything on his girlfriend — a decision that the two mutually agreed upon.
“Armstrong first attempted to collude with his girlfriend Anna Hansen and the two agreed she would take the blame for his actions with the goal of avoiding national attention. The plan may have worked, but Hansen later admitted to police that she lied to protect Armstrong,” reports the Washington Post.
Lance Armstrong was cited for hit-and-run by police after Hansen’s admission. According to CBS Dallas/Fort Worth, Hansen originally told police that Lance was too intoxicated to drive, so she got behind the wheel of the 2011 GMC Yukon because she had not been drinking. She blamed the icy road conditions for side-swiping two cars, saying that the SUV was sliding all over the road. After further investigation, however, police interviewed a valet who distinctly remembered giving the keys to Armstrong, and watching him drive the car away from the art museum party he had attended with Hansen. Her admission came shortly thereafter.
“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 because 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.’ He was not intoxicated. I’m sorry I lied to you that morning, but I was trying to make it sound like, well, I was driving because that was just, I don’t know, I’m not in the habit of lying in general and especially not to police officers so, I don’t know. I was just trying to make something up at the time.”
Lance Armstrong wasn’t cited for driving while intoxicated, likely because there is no way to prove that he was too drunk to drive on that Dec. night. Police decided to drop any and all charges against Hansen.
Armstrong made headlines over the summer when he said that he would have continued to lie about cheating in the 2005 Tour de France. As previously reported by the Inquisitr, Armstrong said that it was the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency’s dogged tactics that caused him to break. Evidently, lying is his thing.
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