Lance Armstrong okay with girlfriend taking accident blame

A careless driving incident in December was originally claimed by Anna Hansen, the girlfriend of Lance Armstrong.

Hansen initially said slippery road conditions were the reason she hit two parked SUVs in Aspen on December 28. On Wednesday, however, court prosecutor says that Lance Armstrong plead guilty to careless driving for hitting the two vehicles.

According to police reports, Hansen said she was driving because “Lance had a little bit to drink.” She also said that while she was driving home from a party at the Aspen Art Museum, she lost control of his GMC Yukon due to icy roads.

A later interview by detectives eventually revealed that Hansen had not been driving but that the couple had decided to let her take the blame. During the interview, she retracted her statement about Armstrong having been drinking.

Her police report stated, “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,” she said.

Police said that the couple left the scene before police arrived but did go to the houses of the SUVs, promising to pay for the repairs.

The once-famed cyclist entered a careless driving guilty plea by mail in order to avoid a court appearance.

Deputy District Attorney Andrea Bryan said it’s fairly common for people to reach plea deals in such cases and to enter pleas by mail. While prosecutors have the right to seek restitution for the damaged vehicles, Bryan said she believes Armstrong has already done that voluntarily.

Court records show that Armstrong paid the $238.50 court fee and $150.00 traffic fine.

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