A disabled driver was seen to hit a parked car on a narrow road in Arncliffe before pausing and driving off, Skipton magistrates heard.

A climber out for the day at Arncliffe Crag watched as Paul Mountain, 64, drove his Volkswagen Transporter along Low Lane on August 2 and scraped another car.

The climber watched as a passenger got out of the Transporter to look at the other car before getting back in and being driven off.

Mountain was traced after the witness took his vehicle registration details and left a note on the damaged car, the court was told.

Mountain, of Huby Park, Huby, who admitted driving without due care and attention and of failing to report an accident, said he had needed to leave the scene urgently and had panicked. He had not realised he could have reported the accident from home.

Magistrates fined him £65 and endorsed his licence with five penalty points for failing to report the accident and fined him another £50 for driving without due care and attention.

He was also ordered to pay costs of £85 and a victim’s surcharge of £20.