'Painter of Light' Busted on DUI Suspicion

Bankrupt Thomas Kinkade impaired but 'very polite': cops
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 15, 2010 1:51 PM CDT
Thomas Kinkade's "new studio masterwork" coincidentally involves cars. Its title: "Indy Excitement: 100 Years of Racing at Indianapolis Motor Speedway."   (PRNewsFoto/The Thomas Kinkade Company)
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(Newser) – "Painter of Light" Thomas Kinkade was arrested Friday on suspicion of DUI after being pulled over near his California home. Kinkade is having a rough month, Scripps Howard notes—his company has filed for bankruptcy in the wake of a multimillion-dollar federal fraud claim against him. "Tom is still painting and the business is still strong," says a rep.

Kinkade was driving a Mercedes without a front license plate when a sheriff's deputy pulled him over, the Monterey County Herald reports. A highway patrol officer reported that the painter was "very polite" but determined that he " displayed signs of impairment, " and he spent the night in jail.
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