An arrest warrant was issued this week for a Beggs man who allegedly threatened a state park ranger.

Keith Edward Williams, 41, was charged with a misdemeanor count of interference with a state operation. Prosecutors allege Williams told Ranger R.G. Ketchum to relay a message to Ranger Randy Smith that he was going to fight him.

Documents filed with the case allege Smith saw Williams driving in a reckless manner in June when he was leaving Cherokee Landing State Park. Smith followed Williams to a location just outside the park entrance and spoke to him about his driving. Smith’s report states Williams came back into the park at his request, but he appeared to be agitated.

He also allegedly had an exchange with Smith about his driving.

Smith wrote Williams a ticket for reckless driving and Williams has pleaded not guilty on that count. He is scheduled to appear in court later this month on a misdemeanor and traffic sounding docket concerning the ticket.

His bond was set on the arrest warrant at $2,500 by Special District Judge Holli Wells. Interference with a state operation is punishable by up to a year in jail and/or a fine of up to $500.

Assistant District Attorney David Pierce is prosecuting the case.


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