Police: Lance Armstrong hit parked cars, blamed girlfriend
WESTWOOD, CA - APRIL 01: Lance Armstrong accept "Favorite Athlete" Award onstage at the 19th Annual Kid's Choice Awards held at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion on April 1, 2006 in Westwood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images) By Kevin Winter
ASPEN, Colo. (AP) -- Authorities say disgraced cyclist Lance Armstrong hit two parked cars after a night of partying in Aspen but agreed to let his girlfriend take the blame to avoid national attention.
Police say they cited Armstrong after the Dec. 28 hit-and-run but only after his girlfriend, Anna Hansen, admitted to lying for him.
Police say Hansen told them she had been driving home from a party when she lost control of Armstrong’s SUV, hitting the cars. But Hansen eventually told officers Armstrong was driving, and they both decided to let her take the blame.
Armstrong declined immediate comment, and his attorney didn’t immediately return a call.
Armstrong was stripped of his record seven Tour de France titles after admitting he used performance-enhancing drugs to win them all from 1999 to 2005.