Security Guards Accused of Poisoning Boss' Coffee Using Eye Drops

Two South Carolina security officers have been arrested and face criminal charges, accused of attempting to poison their boss.

Andrew Doty, 47, and Hunter Howard, 30, were arrested and booked on Friday by the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office.

The men are accused of spiking their security supervisor's personal coffee maker with eye drops, according to a FOX 8 report.

The pair were booked by the police under "unlawful malicious tampering with human drug product or food."

Doty and Howard had been working in the Sea Island community of Hilton Head when the alleged incident took place. Police said another employee was able to stop the supervisor before he drank any of the coffee.

Medical toxicology physician Kelly Johnson-Arbor warned of the dangers of ingesting eye drops in a Poison Control report.

The report references a scene from the comedy film "Wedding Crashers" where Owen Wilson's character adds eye drops into another character's drink to cause them discomfort. However, they warned that in reality, the effects are more severe and life-threatening.

An ingredient used in eye drops can cause sleepiness, low blood pressure and dangerously slow heart rate.

"Over-the-counter eyedrops and decongestant sprays are frequently used to treat upper respiratory congestion and irritated, red eyes. When consumed by mouth, they may result in serious toxicity and even death," the report concluded.

The report added that in the event eye drops are ingested, an individual should not wait for symptoms to occur and should seek emergency first-aid.

Newsweek has contacted the Beaufort County Sheriff's Office for comment.

Newsweek reported on a similar incident in December last year when a woman poisoned her boyfriend's lemonade.

Florida woman, Alvis Parrish, 54, poisoned her boyfriend's, William Carter, 61, soda with Seroquel, a drug used to make people sleepy.

Seroquel is also often used to treat psychiatric conditions such as schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Carter said that he had never taken the drug before, and authorities are unsure how Parrish had obtained it.

She told the police that she gave him just enough to shut him up and called the authorities to ensure that he wouldn't die. Parrish was charged with poisoning food or water with the intent to kill or injure a person.

Carter was described as responsive but "extremely lethargic" when authorities arrived. He initially refused medical treatment but was rushed to a nearby hospital after collapsing. Dizziness and fainting can also be possible signs of an overdose.

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Mugshot of Andrew Doty (left) and Hunter Howard (right). The pair were booked on Friday by the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office for tampering with a human drug product or food item Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office