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A newly-elected mayor accidentally rammed his car through the doors of his local Tesco Express store, sending a stack of drinks flying, while trying to park in a disabled space, reported The Telegraph.
Former bus driving instructor Terry Buckle, 73, suffered whiplash and shoulder injuries in the accident just five days after being appointed mayor of St Edmundsbury Borough Council.
No shoppers were hurt when his automatic Vauxhall Vectra lurched forward through the store's open doors in Lawson Place, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk.
The movement set off sensors which opened the shop's automatic doors, allowing the car to enter the store, knocking over a stack of plastic drinks bottles before coming to a stop.
The car caused only minor damage to the doors and security sensors in the accident that took place just after 4.30pm on Tuesday.
Mr Buckle, who has a disabled parking badge due to a blood vessel problem in his leg restricting his mobility, said he now planned to give up driving.
The mayor, who has been a Conservative councillor for 11 years, was taken to West Suffolk Hospital, Bury St Edmunds, but was allowed home after treatment.
Crowds of people watched the car being reversed out of the doors by police and the store opened for business again ten minutes later.
Father-of-four Mr Buckle said: "I know people might think it is a bit of a joke that I have become mayor and the first thing I have done is wreck my car - but I cannot see the funny side of it.
"The thought that the car could have hit someone left me really shaken up. I am just so thankful that nobody was in the doorway when the car went through."
He said that he came into the car park at normal speed, dropped into first gear and went round into the disabled space.
"I put the brakes on and all of a sudden the car shot forward for no apparent reason," said Mr Buckle. "I don't think my foot was on the accelerator. It might have been a fault with the car.
"I was directly in front of the doors and they just opened in front of me.
"I suffered whiplash and a shoulder injury where I banged against the side of the car. It was just a freak accident. I was shaken more than anything else."
He added: "When I came round, the penny dropped and I went into a cold sweat because I was thinking how easily someone could have been hurt."
Mr Buckle said he spent two years as a London bus driver before driving buses for Suffolk County Council and later becoming an instructor for other bus drivers.
He became the 39th Mayor of St Edmundsbury during a ceremony last Thursday.
He said the accident was his first which was not someone else's fault in his 56 years on the road.
A Tesco spokesman said: "We wish the driver a speedy recovery and are relieved that none of our other customers or colleagues were hurt during this incident."
A Suffolk Police spokeswoman said: "The incident is still being investigated."