Lance Armstrong's partner Anna Hansen falsely told police she was behind the wheel after a car crash to 'avoid national headlines'

Lance Armstrong is due in court after crashing his car into two parked vehicles after a party in Aspen, Colorado.

Originally, Armstrong’s partner Anna Hansen had told police that she was driving, but it later transpired that it was Armstrong himself at the wheel of the GMC Sports Utility Vehicle.

According to the Aspen Daily News, Armstrong and Hansen had agreed to say that it was Hansen driving to ‘avoid national headlines’.

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The incident took place in January after the couple had attended a party at Aspen Art Museum. Armstrong is due to appear in court on March 17 for failing to report the incident and exceeding the speed limit in icy conditions.

If Armstrong is found guilty of the charges he could face a fine and a custodial sentence.

Armstrong has other court appearances pending, including fighting off a $100m whistleblower lawsuit.

The 43-year-old from Austin, Texas, admitted to using performance-enhancing drugs during his professional cycling career and was stripped of his seven Tour de France victories.