Michigan Man Appears In Virtual Court While Driving On Suspended License

A Michigan man with a suspended driver’s license shocked a judge when he joined a court Zoom call about his case while driving a car. Corey Harris, 44, appeared on screen behind the wheel during the May 15 hearing, leaving Washtenaw County Judge J. Cedric Simpson dumbfounded.

“Mr. Harris, are you driving?” Simpson asked, according to footage posted online. Harris casually confessed that he was, stating, “I’m pulling into my doctor’s office actually.”

After Harris parked, Simpson called him out for flagrantly breaking the law. “This is a driving with a suspended license [case],” Simpson said to Harris’s lawyer. “And he was just driving. And he didn’t have a license.”

Harris’s attorney, Natalie Pate, tried to explain that those were simply “the charges,” but Simpson quickly replied, “No, I’m looking at his record. He doesn’t have a license. He’s suspended, and he’s just driving.”

Pate confirmed the judge was correct, prompting Simpson to take a long pause with an incredulous smile on his face. “I don’t even know why he would do that,” Simpson said before revoking Harris’s bond and sentencing him to jail time.

“Defendant is turning himself into Washington County Jail by 6 p.m. today,” Simpson declared, as Harris’s face dropped. “Oh my god,” Harris said in response.

It remains unclear whether Harris turned himself in as requested by the judge. The court representative stated that the judge does not comment on pending cases, and Pate could not be reached for comment.