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Ulen, Minn., farmer sentenced for spilling corn mash load on I-94

A 55-year-old farmer who spilled slippery corn mash on Interstate 94 last fall, causing ice-like conditions that injured four people, pleaded guilty to a felony today in Cass County (N.D.) District Court.

Charles F. McCarthy, a hog and dairy farmer from Ulen, Minn., pleaded guilty to reckless endangerment and was sentenced to five days in jail, time which he's already served.

A felony charge of leaving the scene of an accident and a misdemeanor count of obstructing an investigation were both dismissed.

McCarthy was hauling a load of "wet cake," a corn byproduct, from an ethanol plant near Casselton, N.D., to his farm Nov. 16 when the sludge began leaking on to the roadway on I-94.

A subsequent two-vehicle crash broke the arm of a 3-year-old and the ankle of a 73-year-old woman, according to court records.