Sep 13, 6:25 AM EDT

German police say Briton's airport arrest likely life-saving

Latest News
German court sends ax attacker to psychiatric hospital

Germany expels 2nd Vietnamese diplomat over 'kidnapping'

German city evacuates high-rise apartments over fire risk

Germany's kingmaker party seeks strong election comeback

German government supports new definition of anti-Semitism

Exhibit Honors Soviet Photographer
Photo gallery
NJ Airport Evacuated
Latest News
Firm: Missouri lot where body found should've been checked

German police say Briton's airport arrest likely life-saving

Photo Gallery
Animal census at the London Zoo
Latest News from Britain
British police charge 18-year-old over London subway bombing

The Latest: UK police charge man with London subway blast

Hong Kong leader condemns UK criticism over jailed activists

Ryanair CEO admits mistakes amid cancellations crisis

UK bases in Cyprus employ drones to catch songbird poachers

Ambitious Boris Johnson rattles May, shakes up Brexit debate

Berlin Wall: 20 Years Later

BERLIN (AP) -- German police say a British man's arrest at Munich airport for failing to pay a fine probably saved his life.

The 39-year-old, who wasn't identified, was arrested as he arrived from London Tuesday evening. Police said Wednesday a judge in Osnabrueck had fined the Ghanaian-born 500 euros ($600) for bodily harm in August 2015, and prosecutors issued an arrest warrant for him a year later after he failed to pay.

The man complained of heart pain after his arrest, and a doctor declared him unfit for jail and sent him to a hospital. Police say that doctors there discovered an "apparently very rare and very serious disease," and say the patient likely wouldn't have lived long without an operation he is now awaiting.

© 2017 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Learn more about our Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.