Real estate broker who flashed gun in alleged road rage incident bails out of jail

Booking photo for Bradlee France with a witness video of the incident (Still image from video shot by Russ Ceperich)

Bradlee J. France, the man authorities say was caught on camera flashing a handgun on Interstate 205 Friday, bailed out of jail Wednesday as KATU learned he's no stranger to police.

The Oregon City Police Department said officers have been to France's home on Leo Court three times since March -- once on a noise complaint and two other times for "verbal disturbance" calls -- all with no arrests.

France, 38, is an Army veteran and real estate broker.

The Clackamas County Sheriff's Office said he had a concealed handgun permit at the time of the suspected road rage incident, but that he may soon lose it.

From behind the wheel of his car on I-205 Friday morning, Russ Ceperich captured shocking images of France flashing a handgun while arguing with another driver near Oregon City.

"First thing I noticed getting out of the driver seat he was carrying a pistol in his hand." Ceperich said. "It looked to me from that distance that his finger was on the trigger. I thought, 'uh oh, this isn't going to end well for someone.'"

In a 17 second video, France appears to do most of the talking while the other man just stands there.

The next day, France posted a photo on his Facebook page about an event at a home he's trying to sell in St. Johns.

"Packed open house from 12pm to 5:35!" the post says. "I met so many amazing people."

"They started flipping it about a year ago and people in and out," said Jennifer Kraft, who lives across the street from the home with her three children. "Just having the kids out here around, playing around and knowing that someone with a short temper like that was across the street it's kind of strange."

Oregon State Police arrested France Tuesday night during a traffic stop on Willamette Drive in West Linn after getting a tip from an off-duty firefighter.

Troopers said they retrieved France's Glock 19 handgun from his home and still have it as evidence.

France posted $14,500 bail and left jail Wednesday morning.

He faces charges of menacing, disorderly conduct and pointing a firearm at another person.

Court records say France was convicted of careless driving in 2009 and pleaded guilty to DUII in 2006.

A former client of his, who asked to remain anonymous, told KATU France is "the nicest guy I've ever met. There's no way a lot didn't go on before this incident."

A KATU crew knocked on France's door and no one answered. Multiple messages left by phone and on Facebook were not returned.

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