Aspen Police Department say Lance Armstrong hit two parked cars while driving drunk … and instead of taking responsibility for the crash, he let his girlfriend take the blame.
According to police, the incident occurred in December 29 as the disgraced cyclist and girlfriend Anna Hansen were on their way home after partying at the St Regis Aspen Resort. During questioning, Hansen initially told cops that she was the one behind the wheel, saying that she didn’t allow Armstrong to drive because he had been drinking.
According to the police report, Hansen said she lost control and hit two parked cars, but moments later returned to the scene on foot and gave her information to the owner, promising to pay for the damage.
But for some reason, the investigator didn’t believe her story. So he contacted the valet company who worked at the party … and one of the valets said he remembered escorting Hansen into the passenger seat of the car and seeing Armstrong hop into the driver’s seat and drive off.
When the investigator faced Hansen with the new information, she reportedly ‘became upset’ and then changed her story … saying that they drove up at a grocery store and swapped seats. But another problem arose: Cops said the victim of the crash told the investigator that when Hansen came back to give her information, she said, ‘Lance … he was just driving maybe too fast around the corner or something.’
Faced again with this new info during a court appearance on December 31, Hensen finally admitted that Armstrong was the one behind the wheel … but claimed he was not drunk at that time.
Police say Hensen explained why she agreed to be the scapegoat to protect Armstrong, saying, ‘No, that was a joint decision and um, you know, 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.’
Apparently, that plan has backfired.
Armstrong has already lawyered up, and is scheduled to appear in court March 17. Hensen will not face any charges for her role in the incident.