Cyclist Lance Armstrong Pleads Guilty to Reckless Driving in Aspen
Armstrong's girlfriend originally took the blame for the driving accident.
Cyclist Lance Armstrong has pleaded guilty to reckless driving.
The former seven-time Tour de France champion came to a plea agreement with prosecutors and submitted the plea in the mail on Friday, the Associated Press reported. According to court records, the Los Angeles Times posted that the case was closed after Armstrong paid $238.50 in court fees and a $150 fine.
On Dec. 29, a homeowner in the West End area of Aspen, Colo., called police claiming that their two cars were hit overnight.
Armstrong's girlfriend, Anna Hansen, originally took the blame for the hit-and-run driving accidents, claiming to police that she was behind the wheel following an event at the St. Regis Aspen Resort with Armstrong the night before. Hansen left a note with her contact information, but did not report the accident to police.
Detective Rick Magnuson filed the two ticket's in Hansen's name, but remained suspicious of her story. Magnuson later interviewed a valet employee that worked the night of the event.
Aspen Daily News reports that Magnuson wrote that the valet employee "told me that he recognized Lance Armstrong and Anna Hansen. ... He told me that he assisted Hansen to the passenger side of the GMC, and Armstrong entered the driver's side and drove away from the St. Regis."
In a Dec. 31 interview with Magnuson, Hansen confessed to not driving when the two cars were hit.
"I asked Hansen if Armstrong asked her to take the blame for the accident once they got home," Magnuson wrote in the report. "She replied, '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.' "
The tickets originally written in Hansen's name were later transferred to Armstrong.
Armstrong's plea follows a recent court order for the cyclist to pay $10 million to a promotions company.