A North Dakota law enforcement official said there was no evidence that the teenager who died as a result of “political arguments” was a member of a “Republican extremist group,” according to a report.

Shannon Brandt, 41, told police she hit Cayler Ellingson, 18, in her SUV during a street party in the small town of McHenry Sunday morning and fled the scene because the teenager threatened her. Ellingson was taken to hospital and later died.

Brandt also claimed to police that Ellingson said he was a member of an unnamed right-wing extremist group.

Cayler Ellingson, 18, pictured
Cayler Ellingson, 18, was hit by Brandt’s car in McHenry, North Dakota, Sunday morning following an altercation.

But North Dakota Highway Patrol Captain Bryan Niewind told Fox News Digital on Thursday that “there is no evidence to support the claims Brandt made” about Ellingson being in such a group.

“This remains an active investigation and as evidence is gathered and reviewed, we will consult with State Attorney Foster to determine whether Brandt’s current charges will remain … or if additional charges will be brought against him,” Niewind said.

After the accident, Brandt reportedly told police he had been drinking and was found to have a blood alcohol level of 0.08, the legal limit. He was released on $50,000 bail after being charged with criminal murder of a vehicle and leaving the scene of an accident involving death, the outlet said.

Brandt also told police that he attacked Ellingson because “he had a political argument with” him and believed the teenager “summoned people to come get him,” according to court documents obtained by Fox Digital.

Ellingson had called his mother twice during the incident; the first time asking if he knew who Brandt was, and the second time warning that “he” or “they” were after him, the documents said.

Parents of the teenage victim told police they knew Brandt but did not believe Cayler had met him prior to the fatal encounter.

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