The SFPD officer once dubbed the Hot Cop of the Castro has been ordered to stand trial on two felony counts of hit-and-run connected to an incident in North Beach in November 2015. Chris Kohrs, 39, stands accused of injuring two men with his car late one night on Broadway and then fleeing the scene on foot, only to turn himself in the next day. The incident occurred at 2:20 a.m. on November 29, 2015 and Kohrs's Dodge Charger seriously injured Franco Vilchez, an Iraq War vet, and Victor Perez.
Not long after, in December 2015, Kohrs was charged with the two felony counts of hit and run causing injury, and on Wednesday Superior Court Judge Robert Foley elevated one of the charges to hit and run causing serious permanent injury, as the Chronicle reports.
ABC 7's Vic Lee snapped Kohrs, hair slicked back, leaving the courtroom on Wednesday.
"Hot Cop" SFPD Ofc. Chris Kohrs ordered to stand trial after prelim hearing ends. Kohrs left scene after he ran over two pedestrians in 2015 pic.twitter.com/PyaCHAttWY— Vic Lee (@vicleeabc7) June 21, 2017
Kohrs rose to local fame in 2014 after he began getting photographed by passersby when he was shifts in the Castro, which was outside his usual jurisdiction as an officer with Park Station. Not long after he asked for the removal of a Facebook fan page dedicated to him, and said that he wanted to retreat back to his private life. He was reportedly on medical leave in the fall of 2015 when the North Beach collision occurred.
During Wednesday's preliminary hearing, as ABC 7 reports, the judge heard testimony from a friend who was out with Kohrs that night and was in the car at the time of the collision. Dr. Norman Banks testified that he never saw Kohrs drink that night, though they were out at a bar together, and he believed Kohrs was sober at the time. Questions have been raised by police about Kohrs's sobriety, because an accurate sobriety test could not be administered when he turned himself in eight hours after the incident.
Banks further explained that "All of us were freaked out" after the car struck the two men, referring to himself, Kohrs, and a third passenger in the car. "[Chris] was definitely freaked out, pacing back and forth," Banks said, per ABC 7's account. "We were all trying to figure out what to do, and then Chris disappeared out of sight."
Kohrs has remained out of custody on $100,000 bail. In March, Kohrs settled a civil suit that was brought against him by one of the victims.
He'll next appear in court on July 5, when a trial date will be set.