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Court documents describe arrest of 'Dave' of Dave's Killer Bread in more detail

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Dave Dahl, after his arrest in November 2013. (Washington County Sheriff's Office) Dave Dahl, after his arrest in November 2013. (Washington County Sheriff's Office)
Dahl posted bail and was released from jail a day later. Dahl posted bail and was released from jail a day later.
Dave Dahl at Dave's Killer Bread with FOX 12's Stephanie Kralevich in November 2011. Dave Dahl at Dave's Killer Bread with FOX 12's Stephanie Kralevich in November 2011.
The crash scene in November 2013. (Washington County Sheriff's Office) The crash scene in November 2013. (Washington County Sheriff's Office)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Court documents unsealed this week in Washington County show Dave Dahl, the well-known co-founder of Dave's Killer Bread, had been on sabbatical from the company when he was arrested in what his lawyer described as a "mental health crisis."

Dahl is a convicted felon who spent 15 years in state prisons for a number of convictions but then famously turned his life around in the bread business.

But his actions on the night of Nov. 14 led him to being put in handcuffs again. He was accused of ramming a patrol car head-on, leading deputies on a chase and then fighting with deputies before being arrested in northwest Portland.

A search warrant affidavit showed Dahl had been taking a break from the company because of stress incurred during a business merger over the course of 2013.

On the day of his arrest, Dave's Killer Bread staff said Dahl acted in a "manner they have never seen before," the court documents said. At Dave's Killer Bread headquarters, Dahl reportedly punched a life-size cutout display of himself and verbally intimidated employees.

"He's having like a breakdown. He's sitting in his car, but he's been in and out," a 911 caller said. "He smashed a life-size cutout of himself."

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Dahl's sister later told investigators "bad things happen when he does not take his medication," the search warrant affidavit said. She also said Dahl underwent in-patient treatment for alcohol abuse last spring around the time the sabbatical arrangement was reached.

On the night of Dahl's arrest, a friend called police to request mental health help for Dahl. She warned that Dahl "would not be happy if police responded."

Deputies arrived as Dahl was leaving in a black Escalade, and that's when he rammed the patrol car head-on, the sheriff's office said. He later crashed into a second patrol car.

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Once the Escalade finally came to a stop, a sheriff's deputy held Dahl at gunpoint and managed to open the driver's side door and pull Dahl out of the SUV, the court documents said, but Dahl continued to resist police by flailing his arms. That deputy then delivered 10 blows to Dahl's face and head before using a stun gun on him, the affidavit said.

With the stun gun only having a brief effect, the deputy struck Dahl's face five more times until they were able to get him in handcuffs.

Once under arrest, Dahl said "OK, OK, OK, I'm done fighting," then asked, "have you guys seen the movie Groundhog Day?"

Ultimately, Dahl was charged with assaulting a peace officer, resisting arrest and reckless driving.

His next court appearance is scheduled for Feb. 7 at 2 p.m.

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