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Mason City man busted at Hawkeye football game with .310 blood alcohol level

IOWA CITY – A Mason City man had a potentially fatal blood alcohol level as he was arrested during the Iowa Hawkeye football game Saturday night in Iowa City.

University of Iowa police say that 21-year-old Clayton Sampson of Mason City was arrested at Kinnick Stadium at 7:53 PM Saturday night as the Hawkeyes battled the Michigan Wolverines (Iowa won, 14-13, go Hawks). Allegedly, as police describe their encounter with him, Sampson “stumbled while walking and almost fell.” Sampson, who claims via social media to be an “Umpire at Mason City Youth Baseball” was charged with public intoxication.  Police reported that he had a .310 BAC.

Published reports show that a blood alcohol content level above 0.300 percent is extremely dangerous and can lead to coma or death.


Just before the arrest of Sampson, an Ankeny woman was allegedly so wasted that she thought she was at a football game that was never played.

University of Iowa police say that Michelle Keys, age 35 of Ankeny, was arrested at Kinnick Stadium at 7:18 PM for Public Intoxication. Police say “she had slurred speech, spoke in incoherent sentences, and believed she was in Ames, Iowa at the Iowa State v. Arizona football game.”

The Iowa State football team was actually in Kansas taking on the Jayhawks, in which they scored a rare victory.

Police say keys had a .225 BAC.


Not to be outdone, Thomas Isenberg, age 41 of Des Moines, was arrested at Kinnick Stadium at 7:45 PM for Public Intoxication. Police say “he stumbled as he walked out of the bathroom and had signs of intoxication. He agreed to leave the stadium but as he was walking out he started screaming obscenities to security staff. He refused a breath test.”

Thomas Isenberg

UI Police made other arrests, as well:

Tyler Gross, 23, of Merrill, MI was arrested at Kinnick Stadium at 6:00 PM for Public Intoxication. He approached a police officer to give him a high 5 and the officer saw he was obviously intoxicated. After the officer told him he needed to behave, he disagreed with the officer. The officer gave him another chance to leave the stadium, and he continued to argue with the officer. He had a .23 BAC.

Patricia Kopta, 46, of Merrill, MI, was arrested at Kinnick Stadium at6:30 PM PM for Public Intoxication. She was found having an odor of an alcoholic beverage on her breath, slurred speech, and refused to leave the stadium when asked to do so by a police officer. She subsequently called the police officer a racial epithet and was arrested. She had a .145 BAC.

Ross Trujillo, 20, of Las Vegas, NV, was arrested at Kinnick Stadium at 6:52 PM for Public Intoxication. He was found on the sideline without a credential. When the officer confronted him he produced a general admission ticket. He had slurred speech, bloodshot eyes, and security told the officer he had a can of beer earlier. He refused a breath test.

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