Proctor's motorized DUI chair goes up for auction, one more timeProctor’s chair that went to the bar is for sale.
Proctor’s chair that went to the bar is for sale.
Proctor police announced Wednesday that they are once again trying to sell the motorized lounge chair seized from Dennis LeRoy Anderson after he was convicted for drunken driving.
The chair is being auctioned online by Oberfoell Auctioneers of Mountain Iron. Prospective buyers can inspect the chair from 1-6 p.m. the next two Fridays, April 9 and 16, and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 10 and 17, at Do-Bid.com Hermantown, 5350 Miller Trunk Highway.
Bidding, which will be conducted only online, will start to close at 7 p.m. April 20, continuing until there have been no bids for three minutes. The chair must be picked up between 1 and 6 p.m. on April 23.
Anderson modified the lounge chair so it could be driven. He was arrested in August 2008 for driving the chair to a Proctor bar and then operating it with a blood-alcohol content of 0.29 percent. The legal limit for driving in Minnesota is 0.08 percent. Police responded when Anderson drove the chair into a parked car.
With the story gaining national media attention, Proctor police saw a chance to gain revenue by unloading it on eBay. Bids went as high as $43,000. But it had been listed as a La-Z-Boy recliner. The chair was not a La-Z-Boy, and the company objected, so the auction was canceled.
When the chair went up for auction again in November, it drew a high bid of $10,999.99, but the California man who placed the bid declined to pay for it, and the second-highest bidder didn’t respond. In December, the Proctor City Council unanimously voted to try again.
Find the online auction at www.do-bid.com.