updated 10/9/2008 7:31:23 PM ET 2008-10-09T23:31:23

A man who caused damage at a waste water treatment plant in Eau Claire has decided to pick public humiliation over jail time to pay for his crime.

Eau Claire County Judge Paul Lenz gave Shane McQuillan an option after he was found guilty of criminal damage to property for ramming his car into a closed gate at the plant.

McQuillan could spent time in jail, or spend a day outside the plant holding a sign that says "I was stupid." McQuillan chose the sign sentence Wednesday.

The 22-year-old told an officer after the incident last March that he had been drinking and was "just being stupid."

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