A Blair teen who gave a Gatorade bottle filled with windshield washer fluid to a co-worker who unknowingly drank it accepted a plea agreement Nov. 5 in Washington County District Court.
Christian Lee, 18, pleaded guilty to the amended charge of third-degree assault, a Class 1 misdemeanor. He could face up to a year in jail and be ordered to pay up to a $1,000 fine and restitution.
Judge John E. Samson ordered a presentence investigation. Sentencing is set for Dec. 17.
“Not as funny as it seemed at the time is it?” Samson asked Lee after taking his plea.
“No, sir,” Lee said.
Lee was arrested June 27.
According to an arrest affidavit, the incident occurred June 26. The victim, who met with police in the emergency room at Memorial Community Hospital and Health System, told an officer that he was working in the 2100 block of South 19th Street when Lee offered him a bottle of what appeared to be Gatorade. He took a drink from the bottle. The liquid burned his throat and “he immediately knew something was wrong.”
The victim confronted Lee, who told him it was glass cleaner and then washer fluid. Lee claimed another co-worker had given him the idea.
The emergency room doctor told the officer that approximately one tablespoon of the chemical can cause blindness if left untreated.
When interviewed by police, Lee told officers another co-worker had removed the bottle from the refrigerator in the break room of the business. He said that co-worker gave him the idea of giving the bottle to the victim.
Police talked with several employees who were aware of the bottle's contents and that some had jokingly asked people to try it. Lee then took the bottle and offered it to the victim, who took it. Several of the employees said they told Lee to get the bottle back, but he would not comply.
When interviewed by police a second time, Lee admitted to giving the bottle to the victim, but denied he knew what was in the bottle.