An aerospace worker drove away from an accident scene after colliding with another car.
Neil Davies stopped to collect his number plate which had fallen off during the crash but he did not exchange details with the other driver.
Davies, 31, of Halton Gardens, South Shore, pleaded guilty to failing to stop after an accident and failing to report it.
He was fined £175 with £85 costs plus £20 victims’ surcharge and had five motoring penalty points put on his licence by Blackpool magistrates.
Alison Quanbrough, prosecuting, said the incident happened on December 20 at around 12.15pm .
The court heard how Davies’ Ford Fiesta came out of a retail park on Cornelian Way, Marton, and collided with another Fiesta driven by a woman. He got out to pick up his number plate from the debris and then drove off. When interviewed by police he said he panicked after the collision and left the scene.
Davies, who had no previous convictions, told magistrates: “The woman pulled out in front of me. I braked, but we collided. I got out and nodded to her to see if she was OK. I picked up my number plate and again indicated to ask if she was OK. She did not get out of the car. It was very busy in the area.”