Bent Bøgsted, a member of parliament for the Danish People’s Party (DF), backed into another vehicle at a home improvement store and drove off without taking responsibility, Nordjyske wrote on Monday.
Bøgsted had a trailer connected to his car when he attempted to back out of a parking spot at the local Jem & Fix in Frederikshavn. He backed the trailer right into another parked vehicle, damaging its rear right door. Rather than trying to find the other vehicle’s owner or at least leaving his contact information at the scene, Bøgsted took off.
“I had a thoroughly bad day. What I did was a huge blunder and unacceptable,” he told Nordjyske.
Unfortunately for Bøgsted, his “bad day” was made even worse by the fact that a local police officer witnessed the whole parking lot episode. That made the police work much easier when the owner of the damaged vehicle called in to report the damage.
The police quickly contacted Bøgsted and the MP fessed up. The accident has now been officially reported and Bøgsted may end up with a fine.
Although the MP belatedly took responsibility, the owner of the other vehicle was still angry and disappointed.
“I think that elected officials should set a good example and take responsibility for their actions,” Tony Skov told Nordjyske.
Bøgsted called the incident “one of the few mistakes I’ve made in my life”.
“Everybody can have a bad day in which everything goes wrong, but that’s no excuse. I don’t know why I did it. I am very sorry and regret that I didn’t identify myself,” he said.