sfpd_arrestcuffs.jpgA San Francisco police officer suspected of misusing official vehicle registrations and misdemeanor theft surrendered himself into custody today, a police spokesman said.

On Dec. 17, Officer Gregory Hui, age 45, was suspended from duty without pay while the internal affairs division and the criminal investigations unit looked into the incident, police said.

A warrant was issued for his arrest following the investigation, but police declined to disclose the date it was dealt.

He was arrested on February 2, booked into San Francisco County Jail and is being held on two felony charges of fraudulent use of vehicle registration and on a misdemeanor charge of theft while in uniform, Officer Eric Chiang said. According to the San Francisco District Attorney’s office, bail has been set at $18,000

Hui had been been working for the police department for about eight years prior to his arrest, Chiang said.

Chiang declined to provide further information about the case, but according to a statement from the DA’s office, “Hui was working as a patrol officer in the Richmond District in January 2010, when he pulled over a car for having a defective brake light. Hui allegedly cited and admonished the driver for having an improper registration sticker on his car. Hui allegedly then took the registration sticker from the car, stole the registration sticker, and put it on a car that he co-owned, which had an expired registration.”

This case was investigated, the DA’s office says, by the San Francisco Police Department’s Internal Affairs-Criminal Investigation Unit, and is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Marc Katz of the Public Integrity Unit.

Eve Batey contributed to this report by Kristen Peters of Bay City News

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