Lance Armstrong Allegedly Hit Two Parked Cars in Aspen, Let Girlfriend Take the Blame
An investigation by the Aspen police revealed she was lying when she said she was driving.
Lance Armstrong allegedly hit two parked cars in Aspen but let his girlfriend, Anna Hansen, take the blame for the accident.
On Dec. 29, the cyclist’s SUV was identified as having hit two cars the night before, and when police found the car in the driveway of an Aspen address, they questioned Hansen, who told cops she and Armstrong were heading home from an Aspen Art Museum party at the St. Regis the night before and that she drove home because “Lance had a little bit to drink,” according to the Aspen police report. Hansen said she lost control of the SUV and hit two parked cars, adding that she “was going too fast for conditions."
She added that she drove the damaged car around the corner, wrote down her information and returned to the scene of the crime to leave that info, telling the owner of the parked cars that she would take car of the damage to the rental vehicles. Hansen said that she then drove the car home and parked it in the driveway. She received a summons and signed it, the police report states.
But the police officer who questioned Hansen was suspicious of her story and continued investigating.
He contacted the valet company who worked the party that night, where an employee told him that he remembered helping Hansen into the passenger seat and that Armstrong was the driver.
When the officer confronted Hansen with this information, she “became upset” and said they stopped on the way home and traded seats. The man whom Hansen identified as the owner of the cars, which were actually rented by his relatives, also told the detective that Hansen had told him after the accident that her “husband” Armstrong was driving.
Two days later, Hansen admitted Armstrong was driving but said he wasn’t drinking, the police report states.
“He was not intoxicated, and that was um, you know, 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 was just trying to make something up at that time,” Hansen said, according to the police report.
Hansen said Armstrong didn't ask her to take the blame for the incident but that it was a mutual decision.
"We've had our family name smeared over every paper in the world in the last couple of years," Hansen said, according to the police report. "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.' "
Armstrong has received a summons and is due in court on March 17.