Czech officers stopped an armed man in a black 4×4 Mercedes as he tried to infiltrate the German Chancellor’s motorcade during her visit to Prague.
The Mercedes 4×4 approached Merkel’s motorcade as she travelled from the airport, near the outskirts of the city.
Czech police spokesperson Josef Bocan said: “The perpetrator has been detained.
“He is suspected of attempting to cause a crime – specifically an attempt to use violence against an official.”
Bocan said the man was trying to “run down police” during the incident.
The driver refused to listen to police orders, only sopping and exiting the vehicle after police warned they were going to shoot.
Bocan added: “He tried to join the procession at all costs, cutting off a police vehicle that was trying to stop him. He only stopped and got out of the vehicle after police warned him that they were going to shoot.