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Leo to NYPD -- Catch Me If You Can!

2/26/2008 12:31 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Leonardo DiCaprio departed yesterday in NYC, but only after cops searched the car he was riding in.


It's plain as day -- NYPD can clearly been seen rummaging through the white Mercedes as Leo sat shotgun on Fifth Ave.

Only the driver -- not Leo or his back seat passenger -- was ordered out of the car after he was pulled over for running a red light. The plain-clothed cops (with NYPD windbreakers -- not exactly on the DL) let Leo and his pal leave after about 20 minutes.

We're waiting to hear back from Leo's reps.

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MM    

1 st bith

2378 days ago
2.

angela    

Aww... lovely!

2378 days ago
3.

MediaGuy    

1st bitch.

2378 days ago
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:what ev errrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr    

Oh well, S#*T happens,,,,,,,,,,,,(this ain't L.A., Leo)

2378 days ago
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Kobe    

Wow, he still drives the old version of the S-Class... the new model has been out for 2 years now!

2378 days ago
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OCD    



A routine traffic stop for a red light infraction? You're reaching, TMZ. This happens every day.

2378 days ago
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BigTicket    

It was a routine traffic stop. The police heard that DiCaprio was involved with GANGS in NEW YORK.........HAH!!!

2378 days ago
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The Robster    

hello, leo is ugly.

2378 days ago
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crus    

Couldn't have been him, he's an environmentalist, he wouldn't be caught riding in a gas guzzler!!

2378 days ago
10.

vlarsony    

Leo is divine ... was that fat cop trying to get fresh with him?

2378 days ago
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wjc    

As a former NYPD Officer and after seeing this video as well as hearing the facts; the vehicle search was illegal. Under NYC VTL as well as NYPD Guidelines a vehicle CANNOT be searched as a result of a traffic infraction (i.e. in this case allegedlly running a redlight). The video shows clearly that the vehicle was in fact searched by the officers in question. In fact the officers can be terminated for such violation as well as face the Civilian Complaint Review Board and an Internal Affairs Investigation as well as GO-15. A summons can be issued for the violation but there was zero prob-cause for the search. Leo or the driver should file a complaint with the NYPD IAB Unit as well as the CCRB. Legal action can also follow!

2377 days ago
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TheX-factor    

To Former NYPD(yeah right) William J. Carmody. You have no clue what the facts are. Since the driver was 511 (you should what that means, and he was for a FACT) he was technically under at that point and the police had every right to seach the vehicle. You really should get your facts right before spouting half truths. If you've made any arrests in you career you should have known this. Don't be so quick to judge - Cops get enough of that all ready with out having to hear ot from their own.

2377 days ago
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wjc    

If he was in fact 511 then he should have been arrested and not permitted to drive away. His DL should have been confiscated and vouchered immediately. If he was under he should have been cuffed and placed in the van.

2377 days ago
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guest    

What does "he was 511" mean? DUI/DWI? Thanks.

2376 days ago
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wjc    

Suspended license!

2374 days ago

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