North Dakota man released from jail after admitting to chasing down Republican teen

Shannon Brandt posted bond on Tuesday after admitting to a 911 operator that he had chased down a teenager after a political dispute.

Updated: September 21, 2022 - 5:04pm

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The North Dakota man who allegedly ran over a teen whom he thought was part of a Republican "extremist group," was released from prison on Tuesday. Records show he posted $50,000 bond. 

The victim has been identified as 18-year-old Cayler Ellingson. Shannon Brandt allegedly told the 911 dispatchers the teen was part of a Republican "extremist group," which led to them having an argument.

According to documents obtained by Fox News, Brandt said that he believed that Ellingson, who was a pedestrian at the time, was threatening him which is why he struck him with his SUV.

"Brandt admitted to striking the pedestrian with his car because he had a political argument with the pedestrian and believed the pedestrian was calling people to come get him," the court document reads. "Brandt admitted to leaving the scene of the incident and returning shortly after where he called 911." 

After being hit, Ellingson was rushed to the hospital, but ended up dying due to the severity of the injuries.

Ellingson's mother told police that she was on her way to pick up her son from the city of McHenry when she got a call from Cayler saying that 'he' or 'they' were chasing him." 

The police records state that Brandt's blood-alcohol level was above the legal limit of 0.08.

Brandt is charged with vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of a deadly accident. 

The Foster County State Attorney's office has not responded for comment. The city of McHenry is located in Foster County.

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