CHP Officer Robert Lehman says the 52-year-old Kinkade was booked into the Monterey County Jail on suspicion of misdemeanor drunken driving. He was released Saturday morning.
Kinkade is famous for his paintings of cottages, country gardens and churches in dewy morning or evening light.
The Thomas Kinkade Co. said in a statement it was reviewing the allegation. The company noted it was not speaking on behalf of the artist, but would try to get a message to him for comment.