San Francisco’s ‘Hot Cop of Castro’ charged with felony hit-and-run
A San Francisco police officer previously dubbed the “Hot Cop of Castro” was charged with two felony hit-and-run counts after prosecutors say he hit two men, abandoned his sports car and ran away.
Officer Christopher Kohrs is out on $100,000 bail, but is expected to appear this week in a San Francisco courtroom to be arraigned on the charges.
District Attorney George Gascon told KNTV that prosecutors could face some challenges with the case due to a lack of drug and alcohol tests available for Kohrs after the crash.
“When a law enforcement officer commits a crime, the level of concern becomes much greater,” Gascon told the TV news station.
Kohrs’ good looks and athletic body earned him the “Hot Cop of Castro” nickname as well as media attention and a bevy of fans before Sunday’s crash. Kohrs gained recognition after a photographer took a picture of him as he patrolled San Francisco’s Castro district.
Kohrs is accused of hitting two pedestrians walking across Broadway near Montgomery Street at about 2:20 a.m. with his Dodge Charger, according to the San Francisco Police Department.
Kohrs got out of the Charger and ran away, leaving his car behind, police said. Kohrs is the registered owner of the Charger, so police investigators were able to identify him, according to the department’s statement.
The victims, in their 40s, were taken to a hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
Later that day, Kohrs, a seven-year San Francisco police veteran, turned himself in to fellow officers at police headquarters.
Kohrs was off duty at the time of the crash and on medical leave for an unrelated condition, police said. If Kohrs becomes eligible to return to duty in the future, he will be suspended, the department said in a statement.
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