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Forum Communications Co. report, Published April 21 2010

Minnesota's 'DWI chair' auctioned for $3,700

PROCTOR, Minn. — A motorized lounge chair seized in a Minnesota DWI case has been auctioned off for a third time.

A Duluth area resident placed the winning $3,700 bid Tuesday night.

Bart Kyte, sales manager for the business that organized the sale, would not disclose the top bidder's name. Kyte says 15 people took part in the auction at Do-Bid.com.

Proceeds go to the Proctor Police Department, which seized the novelty chair in August 2008 after its former owner drove it into a parked car. He pleaded guilty to drunken driving.

The chair had been put up for online auction twice before, but those sales fell through.

The recliner is powered by a lawnmower engine. It comes equipped with a stereo, cup holders and a magazine rack.