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American student who went viral for live-tweeting drunken arrest speaks of her shame

Published 28/10/2013 | 11:02

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An American student has told of her embarrassment after she made headlines last month for live-tweeting her drunken arrest.

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Samantha Goudie, Iowa University, shared her arrest with hundreds of followers on Twitter from her account, labelled ‘Vodka Samm’.

Although Goudie showed little remorse for her actions at the time, constantly retweeting people’s comments and praise under the hash-tag ‘#341’,  she has now revealed her experience had a “devastating” effect on her.

"I care about my life,” she said. “I could easily have just taken this opportunity and ran with it and been ‘Vodka Sam’ my entire life, but that’s not why I came to college. I didn’t come to college to drink and be ‘Vodka Sam.

"I was completely embarrassed of the whole situation."

The student was arrested after she tried to run onto the field at an Iowa football game.

She was breathalysed and her blood alcohol level measured 0.341, more than four times the legal driving limit in the USA.

"Just went to jail #yolo," she tweeted first, with the hash-tag standing for ‘You only live once’.

"Blew a .341 in jail," she added.

"My mom had to get me out of jail and had to take a breathalizer #lmao," she tweeted later.

The student gained thousands of Twitter followers within hours, many of whom were praising her high alcohol blood level.

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