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* Cainan Schierholtz was arraigned in connection with a series of hit-and-run drunken driving crashes in Danville

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Cainan Schierholtz, the brother of San Francisco Giants right fielder Nate Schierholtz, was arraigned today in connection with a series of hit-and-run drunken driving crashes in Danville on Sunday, but did not enter a plea. Schierholtz, 23, has been charged with one count of felony drunken driving causing injury, three counts of felony hit-and-run causing injury and one count of misdemeanor hit-and-run, Deputy District Attorney Dominique Yancey said.  “Cainan feels terrible about what happened,” Schierholtz’s attorney Derek Ewin said outside the courtroom. “He, like all of us, is very thankful that nobody was injured any worse than they were.” Ewin, who is a former Contra Costa County prosecutor, said Schierholtz’s brother has nothing to do with the case.
    The alleged rampage began at about 10 a.m. Sunday when he struck a bicyclist who was riding along Danville Boulevard and then struck a pedestrian who was standing in the bike lane, police said. Schierholtz then allegedly swerved into traffic and crashed into 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 down, police said. He continued south on Railroad Avenue to Linda Mesa Avenue, where he allegedly rear-ended a Lexus sport utility vehicle, police said. The driver of the pickup followed Schierholtz to Montair Drive and Macomber Road, where Schierholtz drove down a dead-end street. According to witnesses, the pickup 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. Witnesses said Schierholtz stopped before hitting the pickup, and several people pulled him out of his vehicle and held him until police arrived. 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, police said. Schierholtz remained in custody today. His bail has been set at $200,000.  He is scheduled to return to court Aug. 19 to enter a plea.    
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