North Dakota Man Kills Teenager After Political Argument

A North Dakota man has been arrested after running over and killing a teenager following an argument about politics.

Shannon Brandt Killed Cayley Ellingson
Shannon Brandt, 41, (left) Cayley Ellingson, 18, (right)

41-year-old Shannon Brandt called North Dakota Highway Patrol on Sunday confessing to mowing down Cayley Ellingson, 18, with his Ford Explorer in an alleyway in McHenry.


Brandt claimed that the teenager was a member of a Republican extremist group and that the pair had an argument over politics.


After Brandt struck Mr Ellingson with his vehicle, he left the scene and went home, despite being the first person to call 911.


North Dakota Southeast District Court charged him with one count of criminal vehicular homicide and another count of failure to perform his duty in an accident involving injury or death.

Brandt was booked in the Stutsman County Correction Center but was released on Tuesday after posting a $50,000 bond.

Brandt took an alcohol breath test at Stutsman County Jail where it was discovered that he was over the legal driving limit, according to a declaration of probable cause obtained by the Washington Examiner.

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