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Famous DWI motorized chair back on eBay for a third try

After two abortive attempts to sell the famous motorized DWI recliner on eBay, the Proctor City Council wants to try again, says the Duluth News Tribune.

Dennis Anderson of Proctor (not the Strib outdoors columnist) built the motorized chair from a riding lawnmower and was caught driving it while drunk in August 2008. The “vehicle” was confiscated by police, and a first attempt at auctioning it online through eBay brought a bid of $43,000. But that was negated because they’d called it a La-Z-Boy, when it wasn’t.

They tried again in November and got a high bid of $10,999.99, but the bidder had eBay remorse and said he couldn’t afford it.

Now they’ll give it another shot, probably in the next week or so, said Proctor Police Chief Walter Wobig. But then he wondered if it would be best to wait until after the holidays.

Why wait? Who could resist something like that under the tree? Just kidding, honey. I don’t want it.

By the way, Anderson, the wayward recliner driver, has continued to be pay for his jaunt on a jag, the paper said:

As part of his sentence Anderson, 62, was ordered to abstain from using alcohol. However, on Nov. 18, he admitted to and was found guilty of a probation violation. He admitted to using alcohol on or about Nov. 10.

For violating probation, he was sentenced to 60 days in the St. Louis County Jail and ordered to attend an in-patient treatment program when a spot opened up. He was in the jail from Nov. 10 to Dec. 3, when admitted to a treatment program. He is ordered to follow all recommendations of treatment, including aftercare and post traumatic stress disorder treatment.

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