Viral Michigan man with suspended license lands back in jail

Corey Harris, a 44-year-old Michigan man, went viral when he recently attended a May 15 court hearing via Zoom while driving, despite facing charges of driving with a suspended license. The incident led to his immediate jailing by Washtenaw County Judge Cedric J. Simpson. Harris claimed he was parking at his doctor’s office when confronted by the judge, who ordered him to jail for contempt of court.

Harris had previously claimed that his driving record was still marked as suspended due to an administrative oversight by the Saginaw Friend of the Court. He argued that despite a judge’s order in January 2022 to lift his suspension related to unpaid child support, the suspension remained due to a failure in processing the clearance. However, court officials revealed that Harris had not paid the required fees to the clerk’s office, which prevented the clearance from being sent to the Secretary of State.

Judge Simpson clarified that Harris had never held a valid driver’s license in Michigan or any other state and was solely responsible for his predicament, stating, “The person that needed to be blamed is the person that he was staring at in the mirror.” Judge Simpson also revealed that Harris had never taken the necessary steps to resolve his suspended status. By the end of the hearing, Harris was taken back into the Washtenaw County Jail.

When asked whether Harris will try to get a driver’s license, his new defense attorney Dionne Webster-Cox stated that he would.

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