Lance Armstrong charged over Colorado crash

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ASSOCIATED PRESS

Disgraced cyclist and doping enthusiast Lance Armstrong has been charged by police in Colorado, over a car crash for which he initially let his girlfriend take the blame.

The 43-year-old was charged with leaving the scene of an accident and driving too fast for the adverse weather conditions, after ploughing his GMC Yukon SUV into two parked cars following a fundraising event in the ski resort of Aspen last December.

Police were initially called to the accident by a witness who feared that their car had been damaged by the Yukon, which initially drove off, before Armstrong's partner, Anna Hansen, returned to the scene, apologised and offered to pay for the damage.

When officers arrived at the house the pair share, Hansen told them that she had been driving as "Lance had a little bit to drink," The Guardian reported, and that she lost control of the vehicle on the icy road.

However, police were suspicious of her version of events, and after questioning a parking attendant at the event they had attended, confirmed that Armstrong had indeed been driving.

After confronting the couple, authorities discovered that they had made a "joint decision" for Hansen to take the blame, to avoid negative publicity. Prosecutors have confirmed that Hansen will not face charges for filing a false accident report, as it would discourage other such witnesses from coming forward.

Armstrong was stripped of seven Tour de France titles and banned from racing for life by the US Anti-Doping Agency after admitting using performance-enhancing drugs in 2012. He is due in court on March 17.