Booking photo of Officer Christopher Kohrs. (Courtesy San Francisco Sheriff's Department)

Booking photo of Officer Christopher Kohrs. (Courtesy San Francisco Sheriff's Department)

‘Hot Cop of Castro’ arrested too long after alleged hit-and-run for DUI test

A San Francisco police officer known as the “Hot Cop of Castro” was arrested 12 hours after allegedly hitting two pedestrians in North Beach early Sunday morning — too long after the incident for a drunk driving test to be administered.

Officer Christopher Kohrs, 38, was arrested and booked into County Jail on Sunday afternoon on two felony counts of hit-and-run after turning himself in at the new Public Safety Building on 3rd Street.

The seven-year department veteran entered the jail at 2:38 p.m. Sunday and was promptly released on bail at 4 p.m. on a $100,000 bond.

The District Attorney’s Office have not yet filed charges against Kohrs and the police investigation into the alleged incident is ongoing.

About 2:20 a.m. Sunday officers arrived to the intersection of Broadway and Montgomery Street and discovered two pedestrians who had been struck by a car.

The car, a Dodge Charger, was left at the scene but the driver reportedly fled.

Surveillance video obtained at a nearby parking lot by the San Francisco Examiner seems to show a person running westbound on Broadway away from Montgomery Street. Police have not commented on whether the person in the video is Kohrs.

 

David Prasad, who lives near the intersection where the crash happened and works at Broadway Liquors nearby, said he was unable to sleep that night, and was up when the crash occurred.

“I hear this bang,” he said, adding that it sounded like it “hit a pole.”  There was no sound of screeching tires before the bang, he said.

The two pedestrians, both men in their 40s, were taken to the hospital with serious but not life-threatening injuries. The men were apparently crossing Broadway when they were struck by the vehicle traveling west on Broadway.

During the course of their investigation, police identified Kohrs as the alleged driver of the vehicle.

Kohrs, who is stationed at Park Station and has been on medical leave, has made several headlines in the Bay Area and beyond after pictures were posted of the Castro beat cop on the website towleroad.com.

A Facebook page created about him has garnered more than 52,000 likes. In August of 2014, Korhs joined other police and city officials in the ice bucket challenge during a benefit Officer Down Memorial Fund.

Michael Barba and Rob Nagle contributed to this report.

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