BERLIN (AP) _ A man rammed his Volkswagen through the iron gate of the presidential palace early Monday and demanded to talk to the sleeping head of state.

The incident at Bellevue Palace, the Berlin residence of President Roman Herzog, occurred about 12:30 a.m., said border police spokesman Volker Amler.

The 34-year-old driver rammed open the iron gate with his VW Golf, drove past security guards and didn't stop until he reached the palace's portal, about 50 yards from the gate, Amler said.

The intruder shouted that he wanted to speak with Herzog as guards rushed up and arrested him. He told police he had been drinking, said the spokesman.

Herzog slept through the incident.