Man admits fatally striking 18-year-old with vehicle after 'political argument,' police say

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(CNN)A antheral successful North Dakota was charged with felony vehicular homicide aft helium fatally struck a teen with his SUV pursuing what helium said was a "political argument," authorities said.

Shannon Brandt, 41, told troopers helium felt threatened and "admitted to striking the pedestrian with his car due to the fact that helium had a governmental statement with the pedestrian and believed the pedestrian was calling radical to travel get him," according to a probable origin papers filed successful court.

The incidental astir 2:35 a.m. Sunday successful the metropolis of McHenry killed 18-year-old Cayler Ellingson, according to the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

Shannon Brandt, 41, is seen successful  a booking photo.

Brandt -- who was besides charged with leaving the country of the fatal mishap -- near the country aft the collision, past returned and called 911 earlier leaving again, according to the tribunal documents and the road patrol.

Brandt told a 911 dispatcher the unfortunate was "part of a Republican extremist group," according to tribunal documents. Authorities did not supply further details of Brandt's claims nor the specifics of the alleged argument.

Brandt was aboriginal arrested astatine his home. A enactment trial taken astatine the Stutsman County Jail registered 0.08, supra the ineligible bounds for alcohol, the probable origin papers said.

Ellingson's parent told investigators the teen called her soon earlier the incidental to inquire if the household knew Brandt. She said her lad called backmost a abbreviated clip aboriginal to archer her helium was being chased, according to the probable origin document. The parent couldn't scope her lad aft that.

After helium was struck by the vehicle, Ellingson was taken to a infirmary successful Carrington, wherever helium was pronounced dead.

Highway patrol officials said the incidental happened successful the vicinity of a "street dance." It is not wide if either Brandt oregon Ellingson was participating successful the event.

Brandt was released from custody Tuesday connected a $50,000 bond, according to Stutsman County jailhouse records. He has not yet entered a plea and is adjacent owed successful tribunal October 11. Court records did not database an lawyer for Brandt Wednesday, and helium did not instrumentality telephone and email messages from CNN seeking comment.

CNN's Rachel Webb contributed to this report.

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