Monday 26 September 2022 12:17 AM Cops slap down driver's claims 18-year-old he ran over and killed was ... trends now

Monday 26 September 2022 12:17 AM Cops slap down driver's claims 18-year-old he ran over and killed was ... trends now
Monday 26 September 2022 12:17 AM Cops slap down driver's claims 18-year-old he ran over and killed was ... trends now

Monday 26 September 2022 12:17 AM Cops slap down driver's claims 18-year-old he ran over and killed was ... trends now

Shannon Brandt, 41, from North Dakota allegedly admitted to fatally striking 18-year-old Cayler Ellingson following 'a political argument'. Cops now say that wasn't the case

Shannon Brandt, 41, from North Dakota allegedly admitted to fatally striking 18-year-old Cayler Ellingson following 'a political argument'. Cops now say that wasn't the case

Police in North Dakota said that there's 'no evidence' showing that politics were involved in an incident where a man fatally struck a teenager with his SUV following what he admitted was a 'political argument.' 

The incident transpired Sunday in the small town of McHenry, and saw 41-year-old Shannon Brandt - who fled the scene of the fatal  crash - charged with criminal vehicular homicide. 

He told police he hit 18-year-old Cayler Ellingson with his SUV during a street party that spilled over from Saturday night, and fled the scene because the then-dying teen had threatened him. 

An affidavit, meanwhile, says Brandt fled the scene after the collision, returned and called 911, and then left again, driving 10 miles to his home in a nearby city, where he was eventually arrested by cops.

On the phone, Brandt told dispatchers Ellingson was 'part of a Republican extremist group,' according to court documents. As to why he fled the scene, he said the teen was 'threatening' him and believed he was 'calling people to come get him.'

The story has since attracted the attention of well-known Republicans, such as U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, who have slammed the the crash as being the result of Joe Biden slamming 'MAGA Republicans' a threat to the country in an impassioned speech in front of the White House earlier this month.

North Dakota Highway Patrol Captain Bryan Niewind may have quelled those flames Thursday somewhat when he revealed to Fox News that so far his department's investigations have 'uncovered no evidence to support the claim' that the murder was politically motivated.

18-year-old Cayler Ellingson was struck by a car following 'a political argument' last Sunday

18-year-old Cayler Ellingson was struck by a car following 'a political argument' last Sunday

'We have uncovered no evidence to support Mr. Brandt's claim on the 911 call he made that Cayler Ellingson is a Republican extremist, nor that this incident involved politics,' Niewind told the outlet. 

'This is a terrible tragedy for the Ellingson family. We continue to investigate what led up to the incident, the crash itself and the claim made by Brandt. But, at this time there has been no evidence to corroborate Brandt's statement.'

The officer did not elaborate on what findings led him and the department to arrive at that assessment -but it could deal the fact that parents of the teenage victim told police that they were previously acquainted with Brandt.

It is unclear how the pair knew the perpetrator, who admitted to being under the influence of alcohol at the time of the smash. 

Ellingson, meanwhile, called his mother twice during the incident - the first time to ask if she knew who Brandt was, and the second time to warn that 'he' or 'they' were chasing him, an affidavit says.  

Ellingson's parents, who have not been named, told police they didn't believe that Cayler had met him before the fatal encounter. 

DailyMail.com attempted to obtain 911 calls and transcripts detailing Brandt's conversations with dispatchers, but authorities have said those records are sealed since the investigation is ongoing. 

The move is puzzling as state law typically classifies 911 transcripts as open records. 

Brandt was released after two nights in jail after posting $50,000 bond Tuesday. 

Brandt left the scene of the incident and then came back to call 911, according to a the affidavit, which has been widely shared on social media amid widespread public outcry over the incident, which was initially perceived as political.

'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 states. 

'Brandt admitted to leaving the scene of the incident and returning shortly after where he called 911.'

The affidavit further reveals that Ellingson's mother told investigators the teen

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