Clerical Error Reportedly Complicated Man’s Suspended License Case

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( – Corey Harris, 44, the man who became a viral sensation for driving while calling into a virtual court hearing for his supposed suspended license, was revealed to have been a victim of a clerical error.  

Harris, who attended the virtual hearing on May 15 because of a traffic stop in Pittsfield Township, Michigan, in October, was called out by Judge Cedric Simpson for driving. 

“Mr. Harris, are you driving?” Simpson queried, prompting Harris to respond in the affirmative.  

Simpson then turned his attention to Harris’ public defender, expressing his shock that Harris was behind the wheel during his suspended license case. He noted that the Harris was driving despite not having a license.

Simpson ordered Harris’ bail be revoked and told the 44-year-old to surrender to police by 6 p.m. at the Washtenaw County Jail later that day.  

A clip of the interaction quickly went viral after being shared on social media last week.  

When describing his virality, Harris told WXYZ-TV that the incident was “embarrassing” given his “ties” to the community and the church.  

In 2010, Harris had his driver’s license suspended because of unpaid child support, but the suspension was rescinded in 2022 by a judge, according to reporting by the TV station.

According to WXYZ, the Michigan Secretary of State’s Office hadn’t received the clearance from Saginaw’s Friend of the Court, resulting in the suspension not being officially lifted.

Harris defended his actions in the clip, telling Simpson he was pulling into the parking lot at a doctor’s office to get his wife “medical help” and wasn’t “thinking” about his suspended license. According to him, he was forced to remain in jail for two days following the incident.

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