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‘Hot Cop of Castro' Police Officer Charged With Felony Hit-and-Run After Striking 2 Pedestrians

San Francisco's so-called "Hot Cop of Castro" has been charged with felony hit-and-run after he collided with two pedestrians in North Beach this weekend, the district attorney's office said Tuesday.

Christopher Kohrs, a seven-year veteran of the police department, will be arraigned in San Francisco Superior Court on Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. on two counts of felony hit-and-run. He is currently out of custody on $100,000 bail. Originally, he was going to be arraigned on Thursday.

Kohrs, who gained social media fame as the "Hot Cop" during his time patrolling the Castro District due to his good looks, is accused of hitting two men in their 40s around 2:20 a.m. Sunday at Broadway and Montgomery Street and then fleeing the scene.

The men were hospitalized with injuries that were considered serious but not life threatening, police said.

Kohrs was identified as the registered owner and driver of the Dodge Charger involved in the collision, which was left at the scene, according to police. He turned himself in at police headquarters Sunday
morning, and police said they are investigating whether he was driving while intoxicated.

District Attorney George Gascon said Tuesday that the lack of sobriety testing immediately after the collision could cause problems for prosecutors handling the case. He described himself as "outraged" by the incident.

"When a law enforcement officer commits a crime, the level of concern becomes much greater," Gascon said. "We're very concerned and we're upset that this happened."

According to police, Kohrs is currently on unrelated medical leave. If he becomes eligible to return to duty, he will then be suspended pending further investigation.

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