Brother of Giants outfielder arrested for multiple hit-and-run DUI crashes

Cainan Schierholtz, the brother of Giants outfielder Nate Schierholtz, is in county jail in Martinez on Monday after an alleged drunken driving rampage in Danville on Sunday morning in which he hit a bicyclist, a pedestrian, a light pole and two cars, police said.

Police received a call at about 10 a.m. reporting someone was driving recklessly along Danville Boulevard and Railroad Avenue, police said.

At about that time, Schierholtz, 23, allegedly struck a bicyclist who was riding in the bike lane on southbound Danville Boulevard.

Instead of stopping, he continued down Danville Boulevard, where he hit a pedestrian who was standing in the bike lane, police said.

Schierholtz then allegedly swerved into the traffic lane and struck a Ford pickup truck. After that, he turned onto southbound Railroad Avenue, where he drove up onto the sidewalk and crashed into a light pole, knocking it to the ground, police said.

Schierholtz continued south on Railroad Avenue to Linda Mesa Avenue, where he hit the rear of a Lexus sport utility vehicle.

The driver of the pickup truck followed Schierholtz to Montair Drive and Macomber Road, where Schierholtz drove down a dead-end street.

Jane Joyce, who lives on Montair Drive and witnessed Schierholtz’s eventual capture, said the victim parked his pickup truck across the roadway at Montair Drive and Macomber Road to block the suspect’s exit.

By the time the suspect turned around and was heading back in the victim’s direction, several other people had converged in the area, Joyce said.

She said the car’s airbag had deployed and he appeared to be pinned inside his car, but was somehow still driving.

When he saw he was blocked in, he stopped in front of the pickup truck, and the pickup’s driver and two other men pulled him out of his car and held him until police arrived, Joyce said.

She said he appeared to be passive and extremely intoxicated.

“It’s just a miracle that somebody else didn’t get hurt or killed,” Joyce said.

She said police arrived quickly and took Schierholtz into custody.

He was booked into county jail on suspicion of four counts of DUI causing bodily harm, three counts of hit-and-run causing injury, two counts of hit-and-run causing property damage, and driving without a license. His bail has been set at $350,000, police said.

According to county jail officials, he remained in custody Monday morning.

The bicyclist was taken by ambulance to a hospital and treated for multiple cuts, scrapes and minor head lacerations.

The pedestrian and two occupants of the SUV sought their own medical treatment. The driver of the pickup truck was not hurt.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the lead traffic investigator, Danville police Officer Julie Parish at (925) 314-3700.

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