Shannon Brandt known by neighbors for booze-fueled 'rampages,' being 'nuts his whole life'
GLENFIELD, N.D. – EXCLUSIVE: Neighbors of the North Dakota man who allegedly admitted to mowing down 18-year-old Cayler Ellingson with an SUV describe Shannon Brandt as being "nuts his whole life" and someone who had mental health conditions.
The incident happened early Sunday morning after Brandt, 41, and Ellingson were at a local bar's street dance.
An affidavit states that Brandt told the 911 operator that an individual was threatening him, adding that Ellingson was part of a "Republican extremist group."
Brandt was charged with criminal vehicular homicide, as well as leaving the scene of a crash involving a death after the incident.
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One neighbor said that Brandt has been "nuts his whole life" and "should have been in a [mental health] institute."
When Brandt is drunk, the neighbor alleged, he goes on "rampages."
next Image 1 of 4prev next Image 2 of 4prev next Image 3 of 4prev Image 4 of 4Four of Brandt's neighbors agreed that his mental health contributed to the incident, and said they don't believe the incident was motivated by politics.
Another one of Brandt's neighbors who knows both families well described the incident in the extremely close-knit community as "tragic."
The neighbor said he was sitting close to Brandt at the bar around two and a half hours before the incident happened, and said nothing seemed off.
next Image 1 of 4prev next Image 2 of 4prev next Image 3 of 4prev Image 4 of 4The incident happened at around 2:55 a.m. Sunday morning.
CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPBrandt's blood-alcohol level was 0.08, a breathalyzer test later showed, the court document states.