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.