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Motorized DWI recliner finally auctioned off, at a fraction less than original high bid

Proctor Police Chief Walter Wobig with the motorized lounge chair his department seized after its owner drove it into a parked vehicle. The chair fetched $10,099.99 at auction on eBay Thursday. Steve Kuchera / Duluth News Tribune

DULUTH, Minn. - The auction ended at 7:12 p.m. and $10,099.99 emerged as the winning bid for a motorized recliner.

Proctor Police Chief Walter Wobig had no quarrel with the price to be paid for a vehicle his department seized following the drunken driving conviction of its owner and operator, Dennis LeRoy Anderson.

"We've had this vehicle in holding since Aug. 31, 2008, and if you would have told me then that it would sell for more than $10,000, I would have said you were nuts," Wobig said.

Anderson, too, was surprised, saying: "I figured it was probably worth two or three grand at most."

This was the chair's second appearance on eBay after it was originally listed as a La-Z-Boy. At that time, the top bid for the motorized recliner sat at more than $43,000 before the furniture manufacturer forced the auction to close