Lance Armstrong is facing criminal charges for his actions regarding a car accident that happened in Aspen, Colorado on December 28, 2014, where he hit two parked cars after a night of partying and tried to let his girlfriend, Anna Hansen, take the blame.
According to a report by ESPN, Armstrong and Hansen, who have been dating for years, were leaving a party at the Aspen Art Museum, with Armstrong behind the wheel of his GMC Yukon. The car slid on some ice and hit the parked cars. Armstrong and Hansen agreed to say that Hansen was driving.
After police questioned both of them, Hansen eventually admitted that she had agreed to take the blame for Armstrong and that he had actually been the one driving.
“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. “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.”
Aspen Police cited Armstrong for speeding and failing to report an accident. Hansen has not been charged.
This, of course, is not Armstrong’s first brush with controversy. Once one of the most celebrated cyclists in the world, he won a straight run of Tour de France titles from 1999 to 2005, only to have them all stripped after he was revealed to have used banned performance enhancing drugs — after years of lying to authorities and his fans on the matter.
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