‘Hot cop’ faces felony charges in hit-and-run

A San Francisco police officer arrested after a hit and run collision with two pedestrians in North Beach this weekend has been charged with felony hit and run, the district attorney’s office said Tuesday.

Christopher Kohrs, a seven-year veteran of the department, will be arraigned in San Francisco Superior Court on Thursday on two counts of felony hit and run. He is currently out of custody on bail.

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 today said 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. … We’re very concerned and we’re upset that this happened.”

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