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Police send helicopters out to search for suspects

By Tom Momberg

BAYSIDE — The driver of a white sedan led cops on a chase Sunday morning when he fled after a patrolman attempted to pull him over for a seatbelt violation, the NYPD said.

Once the driver headed northbound on 216th Street in Bayside just south of the Long Island Rail Road, an NYPD helicopter and a number of patrol cars were dispatched to help officers of the 111th Precinct locate the car, cops said.

As soon as police had the car cornered, the driver crashed into a mound of gravel and three men jumped out and attempted to run, according to the police.

Two men were apprehended — Andrew Simpson, 26, and his brother, Anthony Simpson, 28, were put in police custody — but the third man got away on foot, police said.

The Simpson brothers were both arrested and charged with obstruction of justice, but police said they did not have a third suspect identified as of Tuesday.

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