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Going Soon on eBay: One OUI La-Z-Boy


UPDATE (8 p.m.): La-Z-Boy sent in its lawyers to pull the OUI chair off eBay and end the auction, TMZ reports.

What would you pay for a pimped-out La-Z-Boy? This is not just any easy chair. This is THE motorized La-Z-Boy that gained global glory after its driver was arrested for operating it under the influence. Would you pay somewhere north of $40,000? That's what it would cost you. But hurry, time is running out.

Let us refresh your recollection. Remember Dennis LeRoy Anderson? We wrote about him recently after he drove off in his La-Z-Boy from a bar in the northern Minnesota town of Proctor and crashed into a parked car. Faster than you can flunk a field sobriety test, Anderson became known the world over as the first person ever to be arrested for driving a La-Z-Boy while intoxicated.

Anderson later pleaded guilty. As a condition of allowing Anderson to avoid jail time, the judge required him to forfeit his motorized chair to the Proctor police department. The police said they would auction it off.

Well, if you want to auction off a motorized La-Z-Boy, where better to do it than on the global auction site eBay? That is exactly what the city of Proctor is doing, listing for sale on eBay one La-z-boy DWI Chair, Motorized Chair. The auction ends Tuesday morning and as of this writing the bidding has reached a stellar amount for a La-Z-Boy of any kind, even a motorized one: more than $40,000.

The chair is being sold through the eBay Motors section of the auction site, where the fare generally consists of cars, trucks and boats. The listing's "vehicle description" says this about the chair:

Known as the world famous DWI Motorized La-Z-Boy style Chair, year built unknown. This is a unique vehicle located in Proctor Minnesota. The vehicle has been obtained from a DWI forfeiture and has not been restored. Engine: Briggs and Stratton Model # 19070 Type: 5641 with electric start. Transmission type unknown and is sloppy. The vehicle has front lights, rear tag light, radio, cup holder, rear roll bars and other custom options, missing the seat cushion. Curb weight of vehicle is unknown, length is 52” and width is 45”. This is a great parade vehicle or a terrific business draw. Be the only one in town with a unique vehicle like this. This is not a street legal vehicle.

One word of caution: If you decide to buy the chair, you will have to pick it up in Proctor. The listing says that city will not arrange shipping. And don't think you'll drive it home. As the listing says, it is not street legal.

We will have to wait until the morning to see how much the chair sells for. But the Proctor official who placed the listing on eBay said in the listing's Q&A section, "I told my daughter I'd be happy with any over the open bid. But then again, I never thought this would have received the national and international press it has." That opening bid was $500, so the city of Proctor should be pretty pleased with its profit from this one-of-a-kind forfeiture.

As for you, think of the marketing potential: You at the wheel of your La-Z-Boy, leading your hometown Fourth of July parade, your law firm logo emblazoned on its sides. Well worth the price!

Posted by Robert J. Ambrogi on November 2, 2009 at 10:13 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)


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