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High bidder on Proctor DWI chair: 'There seems to be a mistake'

DULUTH Proctor, Minn., is having problems getting rid of the internationally famous motorized chair it seized from a drunk driver. The high bidder for the chair said that he never meant to enter a $10,999.99 bid on eBay. "I am surprised that some...

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This photo provided by the Proctor (Minn.) Police Department shows the motorized lounge chair Dennis Anderson of Proctor was driving when he hit a parked vehicle in August 2008. Anderson pleaded guilty to a DWI charge in October 2009. The chair supposedly was sold on eBay, but the bidder says he never meant to enter $10,999 as the bid. Now the chair has been auctioned for $3,700. (Associated Press)

DULUTH

Proctor, Minn., is having problems getting rid of the internationally famous motorized chair it seized from a drunk driver.

The high bidder for the chair said that he never meant to enter a $10,999.99 bid on eBay.

"I am surprised that someone would be bid on it and then try to back out of the contract," Proctor Chief of Police Walter Wobig said today. "The individual is the winning bidder. I turned it over to the city attorney and we'll see what the city wants to do about it. Probably within a day or two I'll know what we age going to do with it again."

Proctor contacted Clayton Adler of Cupertino, Calif., when he didn't submit the required $2,000 deposit within 48 hours after the auction closed Thursday. On Monday, Adler e-mailed the city, saying: "I apologize, but there seems to be a mistake. I did not mean to bid this amount, as well as I cannot afford this. I am truly sorry for the mix up and the wasted time."

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The city has given the second-highest bidder a chance to purchase the chair. However, that person, who bid $9,999.99, hasn't responded and the city's offer ends this afternoon.

"I don't believe that he will be buying it," Wobig said.

Police seized the chair in August 2008 after its former owner drove it into a parked vehicle after drinking. The custom-made chair is powered by a lawnmower engine and features running lights, a stereo, a rear-view mirror, a magazine rack and cup holder.

The chair actually went on the auction block twice. The first time it was listed as a La-Z-Boy. But eBay pulled the chair from auction on Nov. 2 when the manufacturer pointed out that the chair was not a La-Z-Boy. At that time, the top bid for the motorized recliner was more than $43,000.

"Someday I will get rid of this chair," Wobig said. "Someday this chair will leave the area."

The Duluth News Tribune and the Herald are Forum Communications Co. newspapers.

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