San Francisco's 'Hot Cop of Castro' Arrested After Allegedly Driving Into Two Men, Fleeing the Scene
A San Francisco police officer known as the “Hot Cop of Castro” was arrested after he allegedly hit two pedestrians and fled the scene, according to reports.
Chris Kohrs, 38, was off-duty when he allegedly drove his Dodge Charger into two men who were walking across Broadway near Montgomery Street about 2:20 a.m. Sunday, the Los Angeles Times reported.
After striking the men, Kohrs reportedly jumped out of his car and fled the scene on foot. Investigators with the San Francisco Police Department later identified him and tracked him down, the Times wrote.
Kohrs was arrested and charged with two felony counts of hit and run, officials said.
He was reportedly placed on administrative leave pending the investigation into the incident.
The victims, both in their 40s, were hospitalized with serious injuries but were expected to survive.
Kohrs was dubbed the “Hot Cop of Castro” after a photo of the man went viral in 2014. Since then, a Facebook fan page for the officer has amassed more than 50,000 followers.
The seven-year veteran spoke to HalfKorean.com about the experience of joining the police force, saying: “The background process is pretty thorough. They check your driving record and if you have any kind of criminal history or even speeding tickets. There is a lie detector test and a physical test, and they do blood work. It’s pretty intensive. So I’d say most people more times than not don’t pass one of those tests and don’t even make it into the academy.”
He went on to tell the site that his newfound fame also brought more attention to his behavior.
“In a way, you knew everyone was watching every move I made so I made sure I wasn’t doing anything inappropriate at any time,” he said. “I drove very carefully, never peeled out. Just little minor stuff that kind of changed. I never got overly drunk and said inappropriate things like before this thing came out. Because everyone was watching.”
Kohrs' salary and benefits cost taxpayers $195,005 last year, according to the San Jose Mercury News.
It was not immediately clear if Kohrs remained jailed or if he had an attorney.