A Close Encounter On A Lonely Road In Denmark – The 1995 Jutland UFO Encounter

Marcus Lowth
Published Date
February 20, 2024
Estimated Reading Time
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UFOs, Sightings

In the late summer of 1995 in Denmark, an unsuspecting motorist found himself in the middle of a UFO encounter on a lonely country road. Furthermore, not only was the witness’s vehicle incapacitated during the encounter, but his pet dog, who was with him at the time, also began to exhibit signs of stress and agitation. Not only does the incident appear to be very credible, but an almost identical encounter occurred in the same country almost exactly a quarter of a century earlier.

Furthermore, the encounter features details that are found in many other UFO cases, particularly those that unfold on quiet roads all over the planet, which once more, adds a sense of credibility and genuineness to the incident. Of course, whether the events that evening one summer’s night in the mid-1990s were a case of extraterrestrial visitation or not remains open for debate. However, that something happened that evening would appear to be almost certain.

The sighting went unreported at the time, with the witness only volunteering details of the encounter several years later, and it remains of intrigue to UFO investigators and enthusiasts today almost three decades later.

A Bizarre Encounter On The Lonely Roads Of Jutland

According to the report, on the evening of September 29th, 1995 in the Vejle region of Jutland, an anonymous 24-year-old man was driving along a quiet road with his labrador on his way to visit his parents. [1] It was a journey that would prove to be life-changing.

As his vehicle went along the road, without any warning, all the car’s electricals began to go haywire, or as the witness would later state, they began to “go wild”. As well as the radio and headlights, even the windscreen wipers were going back and forth across the windshield, even though the switch was still in the off position.

As the car began to come to a stop on the lonely road, the labrador became suddenly agitated and nervous, much like the witness himself was feeling, not least as he wasn’t certain if any other cars were on the road behind him. A quick look at the rearview mirror assured him his was the only car on the road.

After the car had come to a complete stop he made several attempts to restart the engine, all of which failed. At this point, the witness noticed a “strange sensation” that he found “hard to describe”, elaborating that it appeared “oppressive” and it seemed to be coming from above. At the same time, he noticed an extremely bright light that he later described as an “explosion of light” that seemed to cover the entire vehicle.

As strange as these events were, things were about to get even stranger.

A Metallic Otherworldly Object Only 10 Feet Above

As well as being extremely bright, the light appeared to be “blinking or pulsing”, and it did so at “regular intervals”. He leaned forward slightly in his seat and looked upward. There, hovering directly above his car was a large oval-shaped object. He stared at the object for several moments, eventually deciding to get out of the car to get a closer look.

As he got out of the vehicle, he could see the object was barely 10 feet above him and was approximately 50 feet across. He could also see that the underside of the object appeared to be made up of several “concentric circles of light” that appeared to radiate out from the middle. He further recalled that these lights “quivered” in a bizarre fashion.

A sketch of what the witness saw in Jutland in 1995

He would further recall that towards the middle of the object were so strong that they were blinding – so much so that he couldn’t make out any of the details in this part of the craft, specifically whether the light was a strong single light or a “cluster” of smaller ones tightly packed together. One thing he was certain of was the glow from the lights went directly downwards as opposed to spreading outward, and they sparkled a combination of white and indigo, reminding him of the light from a welding torch.

He continued to watch, memorized by the display above. Then, the lights began to grow less intense, as if someone were turning them down with a dimmer. At this point, unsure what was about to happen, he returned inside his car and continued watching through the front windshield.

An Eventual Retreat

From inside the car, he could see that the object was now beginning to move forward and away from him. It continued traveling ahead, still at an extremely low altitude, eventually reaching the tips of the nearby woodland. From his position below, he could see that the exterior of the top of the object was not flat as one might suspect but had a series of “triangles or spikes” that reached upwards by several feet.

He remained in the car, watching as the object continued into the distance, eventually becoming nothing more than a glowing light, and then nothing at all. All the while, the object remained completely silent.

Even when the object had disappeared from sight, the witness’s dog remained agitated, and it took him several moments to calm the animal down. Following this, after a period of around three or four minutes, he tried the key in the ignition, turning it halfway around. To his surprise, the headlight came on, as did the other electricals on the dashboard, including the digital clock, which stated it was 9:31 pm, around the time the strange object had appeared overhead, and his car had lost its power.

He then turned the key all the way around, relieved when the engine sparked to life. Realizing his car was working as it should, he slowly set off back on his way, still feeling particularly nervous and even afraid of the events that just unfolded around him.

A short time later, he arrived at his parents’ home. As soon as he entered the house, he blurted out what had happened to him during his journey. Both of his parents could see how shaken their son was and had no reason to doubt what he was saying. In fact, they believed him to such a degree that they urged him to report the encounter to a UFO organization. However, at the time, he was too frightened and perplexed to speak with anyone and simply quietly contemplated just what he had experienced.

The Similarities To The Evald Maarup Sighting

What is particularly interesting is another UFO encounter from Denmark that occurred 25 years earlier with a very similar craft with very similar details. [2] And while we will examine this sighting in full elsewhere, it is very much worth our time to briefly go over the details here.

At around 10:30 pm on August 13th, 1970, around 60 miles to the south of Jutland in Hadersley, police officer, Evald Maarup was driving along a quiet road near the border with Germany when an encounter unfolded that would change his life forever.

As he drove, a strange and suddenly appearing “bluish light” enveloped his entire vehicle. At the same time, the car’s engine suddenly failed causing the vehicle to drift to a stop. He went to reach for the radio to report the incident to the police switchboard and quickly realized it was also dead. In fact, so were all of the electronics in the vehicle.

Sketch of what Evald Maarup witnessed

It was also at this point that he realized the temperature inside the car was seemingly rising, uncomfortably so. He glanced outside through the windshield and to his shock, could see a hat-shape, oval metallic vehicle was hovering overhead, and was clearly the source of the bright light.

He remained in the car, watching the strange object through the windshield. After several moments, perhaps even seconds, the object began to slowly rise into the air and away from his vehicle. As it did so, the light also appeared to diminish somewhat. In fact, it very much appeared to Maarup that the object was “withdrawing the light” back inside it.

As the light disappeared, he could make out what appeared to be several protrusions on the exterior of the craft (very similar, we might note, to the protrusions reported in the Jutland case). It was only after the object had disappeared from sight that he realized it had remained completely silent throughout the encounter. In total, he estimated the entire sighting lasted around five minutes.

Similarities Between The Two Cases

He would take a moment to come to his senses, following which he quickly reached for his camera and managed to take several pictures. He would have these developed the following day. However, they showed nothing but dark sky and were, ultimately, no use in offering proof of what he had seen.

Much like the witness experienced in Jutland, as soon as the object was out of sight, the electrics on Maarup’s car came back to life, as did his engine. We might ask if this disabling of the respective vehicles – much like in multiple other lonely road UFO encounters – is a purposeful action or a consequential one. Or might we consider that electromagnetic energy somehow factors into the UFO mystery, whether through propulsion systems or what makes it possible for these otherworldly vehicles to enter our world, and it is this that causes electrical systems and devices to fail.

Maarup would make his way to the police station where he would make a report of the incident. Following this, he was ordered to undergo a psychiatric evaluation – something which found him to be of sound mind, honest, and trustworthy. Ultimately, there was no reason to not believe his version of events. What’s more, following a wave of criticism following the reporting of the sighting, his fellow police officers, and his superiors, stood by Maarup, even defending him publicly and very much on the record.

Another Little Piece Of The UFO Puzzle

Whether there is a connection or not between the sighting of Evald Maarup in 1970 and the witness in Jutland a quarter of a century later remains open to debate. The similarities between the two encounters, though, are clear.

Is it a coincidence that these very similar sightings occurred so close to each other (relatively speaking), albeit two and a half decades apart? If we consider that there is a connection between UFOs and the various seas and oceans of the planet, then Denmark would certainly fit this detail. Were these particular UFOs coming from the waters that surround much of the country? It is certainly something worth considering.

And perhaps above all else, what was the purpose of these encounters? Was it simply a case of the respective witness being in the wrong place at the wrong time and nothing more than a coincidence? Or is it possible that the witnesses were targeted for some unknown reason?

Ultimately, the sighting in Jutland in 1995, much like the encounter of Evald Maarup 25 years earlier, remain unsolved and unexplained. Of course, whether any further information comes to light regarding either of the cases we have examined here remains to be seen. Each encounter, though, contributes a little bit to the overall bug UFO picture.

The video below looks at some of the most intriguing UFO encounters from Europe.


1 Car-stop UFO encounter near Velje, Jutland (Denmark), UFO Evidence http://www.ufoevidence.org/cases/case733.htm%20Jutland%20Denmark
2 Danish police officer has two closer encounters (the Maarup sightings), UFO Evidence http://www.ufoevidence.org/cases/case734.htm

Marcus Lowth

Marcus Lowth is a writer with a love for UFOs, aliens, and the Ancient Astronaut Theory, to the paranormal, general conspiracies, and unsolved mysteries. He has been writing and researching with over 20 years of experience.

Marcus has been Editor-in-Chief for several years due to his excellent knowledge in these fields. Marcus also regularly appears as an expert on radio talk shows including Troubled Minds and Unexplained Radio discussing these topics.

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