CLEARWATER, FLORIDA: Nick Hogan, son of wrestling legend Hulk Hogan, was arrested Saturday morning, November 18, for driving under the influence.
He was arrested in Clearwater, Florida, the same city where 16 years ago he was involved in a horrific car accident that left his friend John Graziano with permanent brain damage.
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Nick Hogan was taken into custody after refusing a field sobriety test.
Nick, 33, was taken into custody after allegedly refusing to take a field sobriety test, according to TMZ. He has been charged with a misdemeanor and has yet to be released from custody.
Nick Hogan, who was arrested for drunk driving, reminded netizens of the 2007 accident in which he was involved (Pinellas County Jail).
The night before, Nick reportedly posted on Instagram that he was going to a bikini competition at his dad’s restaurant, Hulk’s Hangout, in Clearwater Beach.
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The drunk driving arrest came 16 years after Nick’s tragic accident in 2007 when he was just 17 years old.
John Graziano was left in a vegetative state after a car accident caused by Nick Hogan in 2007 (Tampa Bay via Daily Mail)
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Nick Hogan’s 2007 car crash that changed his and John Graziano’s lives
He was speeding in his yellow Toyota Supra with his best friend John Graziano, then 22, and his brother in the passenger seat when he lost control of the car and crashed into a palm tree.
Former Marine John Graziano (right) and his brother Michael (left) were passengers in the speeding cars, both not wearing seat belts (Daily Mail)
Nick suffered minor injuries, but John, a former US Marine, suffered a skull fracture and other serious injuries that required lifelong medical care. John was left in a vegetative state and requires 24-hour care for the rest of his life.
Nick pleaded not guilty to careless driving and was sentenced to eight months in prison in 2008. He also had to pay compensation to John’s family and perform community service.
At the time, Hulk told People: “[Nick] moved through life and, perhaps, did not particularly value things … “
“When it happened, he did a complete 180 degree turn… It was the best thing that ever happened to him. I’m not saying it’s good. But it didn’t just happen,” he added.
However, Hulk’s son was released from prison after serving about six months for good behavior. The Graziano family later sued the Hogans, TMZ reports, and the suit was settled out of court.
Debra Graziano slams Nick Hogan over his latest drunk driving arrest
Debra Graziano, John’s mother, told TMZ that Nick’s new arrest shows that he hasn’t learned a lesson from his past mistake and is still driving recklessly. She said Nick’s 2007 accident should be considered in his current case and that she hopes he doesn’t hurt anyone else.
Debra Graziano, John’s mother, told TMZ that Nick’s new arrest shows he hasn’t learned from his past mistake. (Debra Graziano/ABC)
“I can only pray that at some point in his life, while he still has a chance, he turns his life around. Until then, I hope no one else gets hurt,” she said, according to TMZ.
She also spoke about the daily pain of caring for her son, who was left in a vegetative state after the accident. “Every day I mourn the virtual loss of my son. I thank God every day that at least John is here at home with us,” she said.
Nick Hogan is the youngest child and only son of Hulk Hogan and his ex-wife Linda.
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