In August 2007, Nicholas Bollea was involved in another car crash in Clearwater, in which a passenger was critically injured, Reuters reported.
Nicholas Bollea and his father, Hulk Hogan, in California in 2010. Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images file Nov. 19, 2023, 7:53 PM UTC
By Mirna Alsharif and William S. Vélez
Hulk Hogan’s son was arrested Saturday and charged with driving under the influence in Clearwater, Florida, the city where he was arrested 16 years ago in a car crash that critically injured a passenger.
A police sergeant pulled over Nicholas Bollea, 33, on Gulf to Bay Boulevard after he failed to move over a lane for three patrol vehicles conducting a traffic stop, according to an arrest affidavit.
The sergeant who pulled him over reported that Bollea showed signs of impairment and performed poorly on field sobriety tests. He also refused to take a breath alcohol content test and had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath, and his balance was unsteady, according to the affidavit.
Bollea was arrested at 1:42 a.m. Saturday on a misdemeanor charge of driving under the influence and refusing to take the BAC test. He was released later that evening with a $500 bond assessment, according to online records.
His father owns a bar in Clearwater called Hogan’s Hangout.
In August 2007, Bollea was also involved in a car crash in Clearwater, in which a passenger was critically injured, Reuters reported.
Investigators said at the time that Bollea was driving his car recklessly when it crashed, injuring passenger John Graziano. Witnesses reported seeing two cars racing each other before one hit a tree, the news agency reported.
Graziano, a veteran, was reportedly on life support with brain injuries after the crash, according to Reuters.
Bollea ultimately turned himself in and pleaded no contest to reckless driving with serious bodily harm and was sentenced to eight months in jail in 2008, Reuters reported.
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