Nick Bollea released

Hulk Hogan's son Nick Bollea has been released from jail after serving 166 days for reckless driving charges

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Hulk Hogan's son Nick Bollea has been released from jail.

The 18-year-old - who was sentenced to eight months in prison after pleading no contest to charges of reckless driving following a car crash in August 2007 which left his best friend John Graziano in a critical condition - was allowed to leave Florida's Pinellas County Jail yesterday (21.10.08) after serving 166 days.

Nick, who was released early for "good behaviour", was greeted by his sister Brooke Hogan, who had been busy planning what to do when Nick returned home.

She said: "I'm going to make him every kind of food you can possibly think of! He has been living on bread and potatoes so far and I know some macaroni and cheese is going to hit the spot!"

After leaving jail, Nick went straight to his family's home in nearby Clearwater.

Nick's mother Linda released a statement requesting privacy for the family.

The statement read: "This is our time as a family to come together to support Nick's adjustment back into the public life, keeping it as normal as possible. Neither Nick, nor we as a family, has any interest in making this anything but private. We respect the media's role and only ask that they respect our privacy.

"Nick went into prison as a juvenile and has experienced something that will mould and affect him for the rest of his adult life. His focus is to make a positive difference in this world, media-free. Since his future actions will speak louder than any words, there is no need to speak to the media at this time."

Nick has had his driver's license suspended for the next three years and has also been sentenced to 500 hours of community service.

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