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Police Looking Into Whether ‘Hot Cop’ Accused of Hit-And-Run was Intoxicated

San Francisco police are looking into whether one of their officers was intoxicated when he struck two pedestrians in North Beach and then fled the scene early Sunday morning, a police spokesman said.

Christopher Kohrs, 38, a seven-year veteran of the department who is known as the “Hot Cop of the Castro,” is accused of the hit-and-run reported at about 2:20 a.m. Sunday at Broadway and Montgomery Street, police said.

The pedestrians, two men in their 40s, were crossing Broadway when a Dodge Charger traveling west struck them, police said. They were taken to a hospital, where they remained Monday with injuries considered serious but not life-threatening. The Dodge driver fled, leaving the car behind. Investigators
identified Kohrs, the registered owner of the car, as the driver. He turned himself in at police headquarters late Sunday morning, police spokesman Officer Michael Andraychak said.

Andraychak said part of the police investigation is “to look into the sobriety of the driver.” He was booked into county jail on suspicion of two counts of felony hit-and-run. He has since posted bail and is no longer in custody. Kohrs is currently on unrelated medical leave. If he becomes eligible to return to duty, he will then be suspended pending further investigation, Andraychak said.

Kohrs gained social media fame during his time patrolling the gay-friendly Castro District. A Facebook page dedicated to him has more than 52,000 followers.

Anyone with information about the case is encouraged to call the Police Department’s anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444 or to send a tip by text message to TIP411 with “SFPD” in the message.

Police Ask for Public’s Help Finding Stolen Violin

Police in San Francisco are asking for the public’s help in returning a violin worth thousands of dollars that was stolen last week in an auto-burglary in the city’s Fillmore district.

The 1795 “George Craske” full-size violin – valued at $10,000 to $15,000 – was stolen from a vehicle parked in the 1300 block of Webster Street on Nov. 20, between the hours of 7 p.m. and 9:20 p.m., according to police.

A Fredriksson bow valued at $4,000 and a BAM Hightech Slimline violin case valued at $3,500 were also stolen, police said. Police said that the instrument has great sentimental value to the
family it was stolen from. Police are asking anyone with information about the violin’s current whereabouts to call the anonymous tip line at (415) 575-4444.

Weather Forecast for the San Francisco Bay Area

Today will be partly cloudy. Highs will be in the upper 50s and north winds will reach around 5 miles per hour.

Tonight will be mostly cloudy. Lows will be in the 40s to lower 50s. Northwest winds will reach around 5 miles per hour, becoming northeast winds after midnight.

Wednesday will be mostly cloudy in the morning, becoming partly cloudy. Highs will be around 60 and northeast winds will reach 5 to 10 miles per hour.

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