Brother of SF Giants player sentenced in Danville hit-and-run DUI case

Cainan Schierholtz, the younger brother of San Francisco Giants right fielder Nate Schierholtz, pleaded no contest today to two felonies and

a misdemeanor in connection with a series of drunk driving crashes in Danville in August.

Schierholtz, 23, pleaded no contest to felony drunk driving causing injuries to four people, felony leaving the scene of an injury accident and misdemeanor hit-and-run as part of a plea agreement.

He was sentenced to one year in county jail starting today and five years probation. He has been in jail since the incident, but did not

receive credit for time served as part of his plea agreement.

His driver's license was suspended for one year and he was ordered to participate in 90 days of alcohol rehabilitation, which he has already

completed through a voluntary program in county jail.

When he finishes his jail term, he will be required to complete an 18-month drunken driving program and, as part of his probation, is not

allowed to drink alcohol or go to places where alcohol is the main substance served. He will also have to pay fines, fees and restitution to the victims.

The incident began at about 10 a.m. on Aug. 1 when Schierholtz, who had a blood alcohol level of .19 percent, struck a bicyclist and then a

pedestrian on Danville Boulevard, Danville police said.

He then swerved into traffic and crashed into a pickup truck, but kept going.

He turned onto Railroad Avenue, where he drove up onto the sidewalk and knocked down a light pole, police said.

He continued south on Railroad Avenue to Linda Mesa Avenue, where he allegedly rear-ended a sport utility vehicle, police said.

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

According to witnesses, the pickup truck driver blocked the way out with his truck and waited for Schierholtz to come back. By the time he returned, several other people had arrived.

When Schierholtz stopped, the group pulled him out of his vehicle and held him until police arrived, witnesses said.

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

The pedestrian and two people from the SUV sought their own medical treatment. The driver of the pickup truck was not hurt, police said.

Contra Costa County Superior Court Judge Clare Maier said during the sentencing today that she believes Schierholtz has taken responsibility

for his actions and has made efforts to "face his demons" by voluntarily enrolling in the jail's alcohol treatment program.

"He is a person who from day one...said I made a horrendous mistake and have gone down the wrong path," Maier said.

Schierholtz's family was in court today and Maier said she believed they would be a valuable support system for him.

"You're a young man and I see a life ahead of you that doesn't include talking to me from behind bars," Maier told Schierholtz.

Schierholtz's attorney Derek Ewin said that aside from this one incident, which nobody was excusing, Schierholtz has been an outstanding

person who has had a positive impact on his community.

More than 30 people wrote letters to the court in support of Schierholtz, Ewin said, including many people who he knew because he used to coach high school baseball.

Ewin said he believed that the district attorney's office took the case seriously and did not go light on his client, but he believed the plea agreement was fair.


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Posted by Fan in Chief
a resident of Danville
on Feb 3, 2011 at 8:28 am

I just hope and pray every night that this doesn't negatively effect the performance of Nate or the rest of the Team in the upcoming season.

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Posted by Maxine
a resident of Danville
on Feb 3, 2011 at 8:33 am

I used to work with Cainan. He was always very kind and professional to everyone that worked around him. Nice guy. I can't believe this happened to him.

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Posted by Debbie
a resident of Danville
on Feb 3, 2011 at 9:51 am

Cainan has always been a wonderful kid and I am happy he is working hard on redirecting his life now that he is a young man. When he was a little boy, he was the only one of the group of kids that would look me in eye and say "hello are you". For a 12 year old boy running around the creek in our neighborhood I thought that was quite remarkable!
I feel he will be a participating contributor to our community when this nightmare is all over....
All the best to you Cainan and your loving family.

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Posted by Dickita P
a resident of Alamo
on Feb 3, 2011 at 12:40 pm

Well I for one am glad that he now has a place to regularly concentrate on bulking up those pecs. He'd been looking kind of flabby recently.

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Posted by Sara
a resident of Diablo
on Feb 3, 2011 at 6:53 pm

Maxine: What about what happened to the people he hurt. Nothing "happened" to Cainan, he made the decision to get drunk and drive. And yes, it wasn't the first time he chose to do so. It's just by the grace of God no one was killed.

BTW Debbie: Polite children and adults drive drunk and do drugs even in Danville!!!!

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Posted by Derek
a resident of Danville
on Feb 3, 2011 at 7:06 pm

Yes Fan in Chief, God forbid it messes up Nate's catching. I mean, that's certainly a far higher priority than splattering a few pedestrians with one's pick-up truck.
I assume your post was tongue in cheek?

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Posted by Maxine
a resident of Danville
on Feb 3, 2011 at 10:18 pm

Sara: Don't blame Cainan for the work of the devil.

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Posted by Sara
a resident of Diablo
on Feb 4, 2011 at 8:47 am

So, you're blaming the devil, not Cainan for what happened? Hope a drunk driver never hurts or kills you or one of your loved ones. Praise the Lord!

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Posted by Fan in Chief
a resident of Danville
on Feb 7, 2011 at 2:00 pm

How dare you imply such salacious things. The only thing between my cheeks is a set of bowels full of nothing but love for the Team and its indomitable Will.

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Posted by Debbie
a resident of Danville
on Feb 8, 2011 at 9:11 am

Thank you Maxine for the comment. Yes lots of people drink, drive drunk and do drugs in DV but the wise ones stay away from that mess. I am hoping that Cainan will learn that lesson too. Time will tell!

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Posted by Maxine
a resident of Danville
on Feb 9, 2011 at 9:11 pm

Fan In Chief: How dare you mock us?! A pox on you and your devil worshiping SF Giants team.

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