Minn.’s ’DWI chair’ sells for more than $10,000

Published 1:35 pm Saturday, November 7, 2009

Operating a motorized recliner while drunk apparently drives up the chair’s value.

Police in northern Minnesota listed the “DWI chair” on eBay after the owner was arrested for driving it into a parked car last year. It sold Thursday for $10,099.99.

Proctor Police Chief Walter Wobig didn’t immediately know the winning bidder’s name or hometown. He said international media attention helped fuel the bidding.

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The chair was built by Dennis LeRoy Anderson. He had pleaded guilty to driving the motorized chair with a blood-alcohol level nearly four times the legal limit.

Anderson said he expected the chair would fetch only $2,000 to $3,000.

The recliner is powered by a lawnmower engine. It comes equipped with a stereo, cup holders and lights.