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Hulk Hogan’s son arrested for DUI in same Florida city where he was involved in a car crash 16 years ago


Hulk Hogan’s son was arrested Saturday for driving under the influence in Clearwater, Florida, the same city where he was arrested 16 years ago for a car crash that critically injured a passenger.

Nicholas Bollea, 33, was pulled over by a sergeant on Gulf to Bay Boulevard after failing 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, had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath, and had unsteady balance, per the affidavit.

Bollea was arrested Saturday morning at 1:42 a.m. for 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 where 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 outlet reported.

Graziano, a veteran, was reportedly on life support with brain injuries following the crash, according to Reuters.

Bollea ultimately turned himself in, pleaded no contest to a charge of reckless driving with serious bodily harm and sentenced to eight months in jail in 2008, Reuters reported.

Joanna Swanson

Joanna Swanson is Europe correspondent at the Thomson Reuters Foundation based in Brussels covering politics, culture, business, climate change, society, economies and inclusive tech. With specific focus in breaking news, she has covered some of the world's most significant stories.