Police Blame Five Collisions On One Driver

An allegedly drunk driver made a total of five hit and run collisions Sunday morning before people in Danville took matters into their own hands and stopped him, according to witnesses.

The Danville Police Department said the driver, 23-year-old Cainan Schierholtz, hit a bicyclist, a pedestrian, a truck, a light pole, and then a Sports Utility Vehicle. Schierholtz is the brother of San Francisco Giants outfielder Nate Scheirholtz.  Both men grew up in the East Bay.  The San Francisco Chronicle said they used the same Danville address while registering to vote so they may be roommates.

Officers responded to reports of a Dodge pickup driving wrecklessly along Danville Boulevard and Railroad Avenue at about 10 a.m.

Upon investigation, officers learned that the driver was traveling southbound on Danville Boulevard when he struck a bicyclist also traveling  southbound in the bike lane. The driver did not stop at the scene, and continued southbound, where he hit a pedestrian standing in the bike lane.

The driver then swerved into the traffic lane and collided with a Ford pick-up truck, and continued onto southbound Railroad Avenue, where he  traveled up onto the sidewalk and knocked a light pole to the ground. The driver then continued southbound on Railroad Avenue to Linda Mesa Avenue,  where he collided with the rear of a Lexus SUV.

Schierholtz never stopped at any of the collisions, police said. Witnesses followed  Schierholtz to the intersection of Montair Drive and Macomber Road, and kept him there and until police were able to take him into custody.

The bicyclist was transported by ambulance to a local hospital and treated for multiple abrasions, contusions and minor head lacerations. The pedestrian and two occupants of the Lexas SUV sought their own medical treatment. The driver of the Ford truck was unhurt.

Schierholtz was booked for four counts of DUI causing bodily harm, three counts of hit and run causing personal injury, two counts of hit and run property damage, and driving without a license.

He is being held on $350,000 bail.  Nate Scheirholtz played in a national televised game Sunday night against the Dodger. The team resumes a road trip in Colorado Tuesday.

Anyone with further information on this incident is encouraged to call the lead traffic investigator, Danville Police Officer Julie Parish at (925) 314-3700.

Bay City News contributed to this report.

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