"She was stopped by officers for a DUI investigation," Sgt. Enrique Mendoza tells PEOPLE. "She was brought to the Hollywood station where she was booked. She identified herself as Senator Kerry's daughter."
Kerry, 36, who works as a film director/producer, was arrested shortly after midnight and released at 5:25 a.m. after posting $5,000 bail, police records show.
A court date is set for Dec. 10.