'Painter of Light' Thomas Kinkade Arrested for DUI
Thomas Kinkade, 52 (Booking Photo)
The 52-year-old, charged under the name William Thomas Kincade, was arrested June 11 during a routine traffic stop.
California Highway Patrol Officer Robert Lehman said Kinkade smelled of alcohol and failed a field sobriety test.
He was released from jail the next day after posting bail.
Kinkade's lawyer entered the not guilty plea today in Monterey County Superior Court on his client's behalf.
Attorney John Coniglio asked the judge delay a pretrial hearing until July 29 to allow him to retest a blood sample taken from Kinkade the night of his arrest.
Kinkade has had a string of business problems in recent years, including the bankruptcy of his artwork reproduction company.
A "born-again" Christian, Kinkade is famous for his luminous paintings of Americana including cottages, country gardens and churches.
An article in the Los Angeles Times in 2006 reported that some of Kinkade's former colleagues, employees, and even collectors of his work say that he has a long history of cursing and heckling other artists and performers.