Road rage Marine's father calls son's behavior 'totally inappropriate'

Father: Injuries, stress led to son's meltdown

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. - The father of a Camp Pendleton Marine captured on video in a profanity-laced road rage incident called his son's behavior "totally inappropriate."

In an interview on Inside Edition, Dr. Peter Brightman admitted he was shocked when he saw the video that has since gone viral. The video shows his son, Sgt. Joshua Brightman, kicking, punching and yelling profanities at the driver of a pickup truck that rear-ended him on base April 1.

Dr. Brightman said his son told him he knows what he did was wrong.

"He said, 'Dad, I just blacked out. I didn't know what I was doing. I was out of my mind,'" said Dr. Brightman.

Dr. Brightman said it's clear his son suffers from post-traumatic stress, adding that he spent two tours of duty in Afghanistan, where he witnessed awful things.

Sgt. Brightman was awarded the Purple Heart after he was injured last year. His father said he was shot in the hand by the Taliban and had just recently learned that he may have to quit the Marines because of that injury.

Sgt. Brightman is now getting counseling, according to his father. Dr. Brightman said people who are critical of his son's road rage meltdown should remember he served our country.

"He was willing to die for this country. How many of us are really willing to do that? To vilify him in any way, I think, is wrong," Dr. Brightman said.

The Marines at Camp Pendleton are still investigating the incident.

No charges have been filed.

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