Surfer Charged with Vandalizing Stand-Up Paddler's Truck Sets Hearing Date

Donald Darst, 62, caught on video vandalizing a vehicle belonging to an assistant district attorney, will appear in court May 1.


Surfing attorney Donald Darst, 62, was ordered to court May 1 to face a preliminary hearing on felony charges that he vandalized a car belonging to Santa Cruz Assistant District Attorney Steve Drottar at Pleasure Point in March.

Darst and his lawyer Brian Worthington appeared before Judge Timothy Volkmann Tuesday to set a hearing date on the charge that he did more than $3,000 damage to Drottar's car, which was caught by a hidden camera.

Drottar, a stand-up paddler and a surfer, said his car had been vandalized several times, prompting him to install the camera. Images there led sheriff's deputies to Darst, who pleaded innocent to the charge.

The prosecution was handled by George Chadwick, of Santa Clara County, who was brought in to avoid appearance of conflict of interest in the case.

Defense attorney Worthington asked for a private meeting with the judge April 30, at which he said the lawyers may reach a resolution to the case. 

Out of the courtroom Worthington said Darst is well-liked in the surfing and legal communities.

Here's a video of him talking about Jay Moriarity from 2011.

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