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Proctor DWI chair has nowhere to call home

The this Oct. 19 photo, Proctor Police Chief Walter Wobig talks about the motorized lounge chair his department seized after its owner hit a parked vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. (Steve Kuchera /

PROCTOR - The DWI chair in Proctor has yet to find a new owner to sit in it.

After two failed eBay auctions, Proctor Police Chief Walter Wobig said they are no closer to finding an owner for the motorized chair that became infamous after it was seized from a drunk driver.

An eBay auction last week closed bidding at $10,999.99 from Clayton Adler of Cupertino, Calif., but he later said he "did not mean to bid this amount."

The city of Proctor is deciding whether to pursue legal action against Adler. In the meantime, efforts to reach the second-highest bidder have been unsuccessful.

"The city attorney is still looking into it, but I get this gut feeling that it's going to be relisted" on eBay, Wobig said. "But as of now, I haven't been advised to do anything."

Wobig said he expects that decision to come Monday.

Last week's bidding was the second auction for the chair at the online marketplace. During the first auction in early November, the chair was listed as a La-Z-Boy, but the manufacturer said it was not a La-Z-Boy, which nullified the top bid at that time of more than $43,000.