North Dakota official says 'no evidence' supports suspect's claim teen was Republican 'extremist'

September 23, 2022 at 01:39

A North Dakota official said that there's "no evidence" supporting Shannon Brandt's claim that 18-year-old Cayler Ellingson was part of a "Republican extremist group" before he allegedly used his car to hit the teenager, who later died.
He was held in the Stutsman County Jail until Tuesday, when he posted a $50,000 bond and was released.
The document also states that Brandt fled the scene, but later returned and called 911.
Brandt also thought that Ellingson was part of a "Republican extremist group," and then allegedly hit him, according to the court document.
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"Brandt admitted to State Radio that he hit the pedestrian and that the pedestrian was part of a Republican extremist group."
North Dakota Highway Patrol Captain Bryan Niewind told Fox News Digital on Thursday that there's no evidence supporting Brandt's claim that Ellingson was a part of a "Republican extremist group."
"There is no evidence to support the claim Brandt made about Ellingson," Niewind said.
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The parents of Ellingson told police that they knew Brandt, but didn't believe that their son, Cayler, knew him.
Police went to Brandt's residence in Glenfield where he began to talk, and "admitted to consuming alcohol prior to the incident," the affidavit states.
"Brandt admitted to leaving the scene of the incident and returning shortly after where he called 911."