PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – The co-founder of Dave’s Killer Bread is accused of injuring three deputies after he reportedly led them on a vehicle pursuit and then rammed two patrol cars and damaged a third Thursday night in the Cedar Hills neighborhood.
Dave Dahl made his first court appearance Friday afternoon after being arrested in the early hours of Friday. He currently faces a charge of second-degree attempted assault and will have a preliminary hearing on Nov. 22.
Sgt. Dave Thompson, a Washington County Sheriff’s Office spokesman, confirmed that 50-year-old David Dahl was arrested and booked on charges of second-degree assault, assaulting a peace officer, attempting to elude, resisting arrest, criminal mischief and reckless driving.
Thompson said the incident started at about 10 p.m. Thursday when deputies were called to a disturbance at a home in the 2400 block of Southwest Timberline Drive.
Emergency dispatchers were on the phone with a woman who reported that Dahl was acting erratically and she needed help. When deputies arrived, they encountered a black Cadillac Escalade leaving the area. At the same time, dispatchers told deputies that Dahl had left the scene in a black SUV.
Deputies reportedly encountered Dahl’s SUV, and, before they could turn on their lights, he rammed one of the patrol cars head on, disabling it. According to Thompson, Dahl fled as another deputy gave chase. Dahl refused to stop, and at several points hit his brakes in an attempt to get the deputy to rear-end him.
Thompson said Dahl rammed a second patrol car near the intersection of Southwest Scenic Drive and Scenic Drive Court. According to a news release, he backed up and “rammed the car a second time while the deputy was still in the car.” As Dahl was about to back up a third time, another deputy hit Dahl’s vehicle, pinning it in between the second patrol car, Thompson said.
When deputies tried to get Dahl out of the vehicle, he refused, so they reportedly pulled him from the SUV as he continued to resist arrest. Thompson said a Taser was deployed on Dahl, but it had “little effect.”
Three deputies were taken to the hospital to be checked out. All were treated and released, Thompson said.
Meanwhile, earlier that day officers were called to the headquarter of Dave’s Killer Bread at 5209 Southeast International Way in Milwaukie after Dahl was “causing issues,” according to a police incident report obtained by KOIN.
The report shows a member of the company’s executive staff called police and identified Dahl using his first and last name. The original call was classified as a disturbance.
“We have an employee who is in the front of our parking lot, and he is physically intimidating customers in our store. We’re very scared he’s a danger to himself and others,” the caller said.
According to Milwaukie police spokesman Ulli Neitch, officers found Dahl sitting in Cadillac Escalade in the parking lot of Bob’s Red Mill, which is across the street from Dave’s Killer Bread.
“He was not supposed to be on the property,” Neitch told KOIN, but did not provide details.
When officers attempted to make contact with Dahl, he drove away. Employees at Bob’s Red Mill declined to comment.
In previous interviews with KOIN, Dahl described himself as a “four-time loser,” referring to the four times he was sent to prison. Dahl spoke about his company’s willingness to hire former convicts to give them a new start. According to his website, he spent 15 years in prison for drug, robbery and burglary convictions.
John Tucker, CEO of Dave’s Killer Bread, gave KOIN the following statement:
“The Company and Dave’s business partners are really concerned about Dave and hope that he’s getting the help that he needs. And, we hope that anyone else who may have been involved is okay. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all involved. As this is a personal matter, please contact Dave’s legal counsel, Steven Houze, for further information.”
Dahl will be arraigned Friday in Washington County Court.