CLEARWATER, FLORIDA: Nick Hogan, the 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 town where he was involved in a horrific car accident 16 years ago that left his friend John Graziano with permanent brain damage.
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Nick Hogan taken into custody after refusing a sobriety test
According to TMZ, Nick, 33, was taken into custody after allegedly refusing to take a sobriety test. He was charged with a misdemeanor and has not yet been released.
Nick Hogan’s drunk driving arrest reminded netizens of the 2007 crash he was involved in (Pinellas County Jail)
The night before, Nick reportedly posted on Instagram that he was going to a bikini competition at his father’s restaurant, Hulk’s Hangout, in Clearwater Beach.
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The drunk driving arrest comes 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 struck a palm tree.
Former Marine John Graziano, right, and his brother Michael, left, were both passengers in speeding cars, both not wearing seat belts (Daily Mail)
Nick suffered minor injuries, but John, a former U.S. Marine, suffered a fractured skull and other serious injuries that required lifelong medical treatment. John remained in a vegetative state and required 24/7 care for the rest of his life.
Nick pleaded no contest to the reckless driving charge and was sentenced to eight months in prison in 2008. He also had to pay restitution to John’s family and perform community service.
At the time, Hulk told People: “[Nick] I was on the move in life and perhaps didn’t really appreciate things…”
“When it happened, he spun… It was the best thing that ever happened to him. I’m not saying it’s a good thing. But it happened for a reason “, he added.
However, the Hulk’s son was released from prison after serving about six months due to his good behavior. Graziano’s family then sued the Hogans, according to TMZ, and the lawsuit was settled out of court.
Debra Graziano Slams Nick Hogan for Latest Drunk Driving Arrest
Debra Graziano, John’s mother, told TMZ that Nick’s new arrest shows he hasn’t learned from his past mistake and is still driving recklessly. She said Nick’s 2007 accident should be considered in his current case and she hopes no one else is hurt by him.
Debra Graziano, John’s mother, told TMZ that Nick’s new arrest shows he hasn’t learned from his past mistakes (Debra Graziano/ABC)
“I can only pray that at some point in his life, while he still has the chance, he changes his life. Until then, I hope no one else gets hurt.” , she said, according to TMZ.
She also revealed the daily pain of caring for her son, left in a vegetative state after the accident. “I grieve the virtual loss of my son daily. I thank God every day that at least we have John here with us at home,” she said.
Nick Hogan is the youngest child and only son of Hulk Hogan and his ex-wife Linda.
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