Dave Dahl of Dave’s Killer Bread wins conditional release, avoids state hospital

Dave Dahl isn’t allowed to drive or hang out in taverns, but he can go home.

A Washington County judge spared him Friday from a stay in the Oregon State Hospital.

The judge decided instead to keep him on conditional release, under the supervision of the state Psychiatric Security Review Board, with a slew of requirements including the judge’s specific ban on bars and cars.

Which, Dahl later said, didn’t bother him at all.

“I’ll ride a bike,” he said with a laugh. “I’ll take the bus.”

In court, the 52-year-old cofounder of Dave’s Killer Bread, nodded at the judge’s decision. And at the end of the nearly five-hour hearing, he turned around and smiled.

Circuit Judge Kirsten Thompson, who made the ruling Friday evening, found Dahl guilty except for insanity in October on charges of third-degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon — in this case, a black Cadillac Escalade.

The charges stemmed

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