Dennis the menace: but what happened to the cushion?
From our Too Weird To Be Made-Up File: Police in Proctor, Minnesota have once again placed online for auction the motorized chair “driven” by a man who pleaded guilty to driving it while intoxicated. The “DWI recliner” was the brainchild of Dennis Leroy Anderson, who was driving it home from a bar one night last year when he hit a parked car. There were no injuries, and Anderson, 62, eventually pleaded guilty to his second drunk driving offense; he was sentenced to two years probation. Police say Anderson pounded eight or nine beers before jumping into the chair (which sports a lawnmower engine, is capable of hitting speeds over 20 miles an hour, and comes fully-loaded with headlights, a stereo, and cup holder). Prosecutors offered Anderson a deal: they would drop one of his DWIs if he gave up the chair.Then police officials put the chair, advertised as a motorized La-Z-Boy, up for online auction at eBay in the hopes of raising a few dollars to “benefit local taxpayers.” The bidding hit $43,000 before executives at the recliner manufacturer pulled the plug over what they claim to be trademark infringement (the chair being homemade by Anderson, and not a bonafide La-Z-Boy). Company officials reportedly “felt bad about stopping the auction.” Police relisted the chair after removing the contentious names from the ad. The new posting for the vehicle – yeah, that’s how it’s listed – reads: “Transmission type unknown and is sloppy – needs work. 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.” Police say they don’t know what happened to the missing seat cushion; it wasn’t at the scene of Anderson’s crash. One bidder asked police officials, “Is all the money going to charity or doughnuts?”