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Buttermilk ski area (Photo: AspenSnowmass.com)

Buttermilk ski area (Photo: AspenSnowmass.com)

ASPEN, Colo. — A former ski instructor pleaded guilty to careless driving charges stemming from an incident with a security guard at the 2012 X Games.

According to the Aspen Daily News, Martin Horowitz told authorities he was frustrated when the guard told him that he couldn’t drive into the main entrance at the Buttermilk ski area, where he was an employee.

Horowitz admitted to accelerating towards the guard, who eventually jumped onto the hood of his SUV, but said he didn’t mean to injure the man.

The newspaper reported the incident occurred a day before the 2012 X Games began, at which point in time the ski area’s parking lot was only open to buses and event personnel.

After Horowitz pleaded guilty, a judge fined him $300. However, that fine was reduced to $100 after the judge suspended $200.