June 15, 2010
Thomas Kinkade Arrested for Suspected DUI
One of the painter's firms filed for bankruptcy earlier this month.
Artist Thomas Kinkade spent a night in jail after being arrested Friday in California on suspicion of drunken driving.
The Monterey County Herald reports that Kinkade, 52, was booked into the Monterey County Jail Friday night and was released Saturday after posting bail.
The arresting officers described Kinkade as polite and cooperative. Monterey County prosecutors were awaiting a police report Monday to decide if criminal charges will be filed against him.
Kinkade's website describes him as the most-collected living American artist. He is famous for his use of light in paintings of cottages, lighthouses, and landscapes.
The Thomas Kinkade Co. said in a statement it was reviewing the allegation, according to the Associated Press.
Kinkade's company owes millions of dollars to art gallery owners who won fraud claims, the Sacramento Bee reports.
One of Kinkade's firms filed for bankruptcy protection from the gallery owners and creditors earlier this month.