Lance Armstrong pleads guilty to reckless driving

Lance Armstrong crashed car photos SUV pictures 4Aspen Police Dept./Business InsiderAnna Hansen and an Aspen police officer inspect Lance Armstrong’s SUV.

Fallen sports icon Lance Armstrong has pleaded guilty to hitting two parked cars in Aspen, Colorado,on December 28, and leaving the scene without contacting police, the Aspen Daily News reports.

Armstrong paid a fine of $US238.50 by mail; he will not have to appear in court.

“Charges of failing to report an accident and driving too fast for conditions were dismissed against the former professional cyclist as part of a plea deal,” the Aspen Daily News said.

“The 9th Judicial District on Monday received a check from Armstrong’s attorney for $US238.50 to pay a fine and court costs, and the case is essentially closed, court records show,” the paper added.

Just two days ago, Armstrong was ordered by a Texas arbitration panel to pay back $US10 million in Tour de France prize money and bonus payments.

In December he crashed his SUV into two parked cars in Colorado and left the scene without contacting police. His girlfriend, Anna Hansen, tried to take the blame, telling Aspen police she wanted to keep his name out of national headlines.

In an in-depth interview with the BBC that aired in January, Armstrong said that if he had to go back to his Tour de France days he would probably cheat all over again.

The US Anti-Doping Agency, or USADA, stripped Armstrong of his seven Tour titles in October 2012. In its “Reasoned Decision,” USADA said that evidence against Armstrong showed beyond any doubt that the US Postal Service Pro Cycling Team, with Armstrong as its leader, “ran the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program that sport has ever seen.”

Armstrong’s troubles are far from over. He is also being sued by the federal government and former teammate Floyd Landis in a whistleblower fraud action, the AP notes.

Armstrong’s net worth, according to The New York Times, was estimated at $US125 million in 2012. In August, Armstrong told Dan Patrick that he still believed he won those seven Tours.

[via Aspen Daily News]

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