The 29-year-old visitor to Phuket was so drunk by lunchtime that he reversed his white Toyota out of a petrol station in Rawai across a roadway and and into the entrance garden of a neighboring restaurant.
Chalong police, called to the scene, had difficulty getting a coherent account from Mr Pokhabov. The owner of the Areu Corner restaurant figured damage to the garden at about 5000 baht. However, police thought this figure was a little on the high side and eventually 3000 baht changed hands.
Everyone agreed, though, that Mr Pokhabov should relax in police custody until he was sober enough to get behind the wheel of the car again.