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Guilty plea in motorized La-Z-Boy DWI case

Prosecutors said Dennis LeRoy Anderson was drunk when he crashed his chair into a parked vehicle. Prosecutors said Dennis LeRoy Anderson was drunk when he crashed his chair into a parked vehicle. (Associated Press)
Associated Press / October 23, 2009

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DULUTH, Minn. - A Minnesota man has pleaded guilty to driving his motorized La-Z-Boy chair while drunk.

A criminal complaint says 62-year-old Dennis LeRoy Anderson told police he left a bar in the northern Minnesota town of Proctor on his chair after drinking eight or nine beers.

Prosecutors say Anderson’s blood alcohol content was 0.29, more than three times the legal limit, when he crashed into a parked vehicle in August 2008. He was not seriously injured.

Police said the chair was powered by a converted lawnmower and had a stereo and cup holders.

Sixth Judicial District Judge Heather Sweetland stayed 180 days of jail time Monday and ordered two years of probation for Anderson.

His attorney, David Keegan, did not immediately return a call for comment.

Correction: This story mischaracterized a motorized chair a man was operating while drunk. Police in Proctor, Minn., where the recliner will be auctioned, said the brand is not La-Z-Boy.