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 light.
The Thomas Kinkade Co. said in a statement it was reviewing the allegation.
The company noted it wasn't speaking on behalf of the artist, and said Kinkade has been advised by his lawyer not to comment.