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

‘Hot Cop of Castro’ charged with two felonies for alleged hit-and-run

The San Francisco police officer known as “Hot Cop of the Castro” has been charged by the San Francisco District Attorney’s office with two felony counts of hit-and-run for allegedly hitting two pedestrians in North Beach and fleeing the scene on foot, according to court records.

Officer Christopher Kohrs was driving his car east on Broadway Sunday night when he allegedly struck two pedestrians who were hospitalized. After the incident he reportedly fled the scene and was not found until he turned himself in hours later.

Police Chief Greg Suhr said Tuesday that Kohrs surrendered his sidearm Monday. After his arrest Kohrs was also tested for drugs and alcohol even though he turned himself in about 10 hours after the Sunday morning incident.  

The test will be able to find any drugs in his system, said Suhr. He added that even though so much time had passed between when Kohrs was arrested and the incident, there are blood alcohol calculations that can be made in order to work back in time to see if he was intoxicated.

What ever comes of the test, Suhr said that any officer who flees an incident like Sunday’s will face the consequences.

“I have high expectations of my officers,” said Suhr.

Suhr gave additional details of the incident, saying that two passengers were inside Kohrs’s Dodge Charger. Suhr would not say who those passengers were.

Kohrs left his cell phone in the car, so police, who searched for him after the incident, could not use it to locate him, added Suhr. 

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.

Video shows Chris Kohrs entering the Hall of Justice on Wednesday, Dec. 2. Video by Jonah Owen Lamb.

The Incident

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 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.

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

‘Hot Cop’

Kohrs, who is stationed at Park Station and has been on medical leave unrelated to the incident, 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.

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