‘Hot Cop of Castro’ pleads not guilty to felony hit-and-run charges

Officer Christopher Kohrs enters the Hall of Justice Wednesday before appearing in his arraignment. (Jonah Owen Lamb/Photo)

The San Francisco police officer known as the “Hot Cop of Castro” pleaded not guilty Wednesday to felony charges in connection with an alleged hit-and-run crash in North Beach last weekend.

Officer Christopher Kohrs, 38, appeared in San Francisco Superior Court with his attorney Anthony Tall where he entered a not guilty plea to two felony counts of hit-and-run. Kohrs declined to answer questions from reporters, though his attorney said the incident happened while Kohrs was off-duty.

Kohrs’ car was reportedly heading west on Broadway on Sunday night when he allegedly struck two pedestrians, who were then hospitalized. After the incident he reportedly fled the scene and was not found until he turned himself in hours later.

Kohrs 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 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.

According to the initial investigation, it appears the two pedestrians who were injured were walking against the traffic light when they were struck, and that Kohrs was going at roughly the speed limit in the area.

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, which has subsequently been shut down, had garnered more than 52,000 likes. In August 2014, Korhs joined other police and city officials in the ice bucket challenge during a benefit Officer Down Memorial Fund.

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