Driver Who Went Viral For Appearing At Zoom Hearing For Driving With Suspended License Went To Jail Over Clerical Error: ‘It’s Very Embarrassing’

(NEW YORK POST) – The Michigan man who went viral last week for attending his virtual Zoom court hearing for his suspended license while driving was sent to jail due to an apparent clerical error, according to a report.

Corey Harris, 44, attended his virtual hearing on May 15 for charges related to an October traffic stop in Pittsfield Township, Michigan, where Washtenaw County Judge J. Cedric Simpson was dumbfounded to see him behind the wheel when he Zoom-called into court.

In the clip, the judge grilled Harris and his public defender, asking them if he was driving while appearing in court for his suspended driver’s license.

Harris casually admitted he was, which prompted Simpson to revoke his bond and order him to turn himself in at the Washtenaw County Jail by 6 p.m. that day.

The video of the hearing soon went viral and garnered him massive unwanted attention online — with many in disbelief that he would brazenly appear in court while driving.

However, new details in the case revealed that Harris had had his license reinstated for over two years, but it never appeared on his file due to a clerical error.

His driver’s license was suspended in 2010 for unpaid child support with the Saginaw County Friend of the Court, but a judge rescinded the suspension in January 2022, WXYZ-TV reported.

But the Michigan Secretary of State’s Office confirmed on Friday that it never received the clearance notice that he had paid some fees, so the suspension was never lifted, according to the outlet, which first tracked down the clerical error.

Harris said he spent two days in jail after turning himself in following the hearing, and now fears the incident may tarnish his reputation.

“With the type of ties that I have with the church and the community, it’s very embarrassing,” Harris told WXYZ-TV.

In the viral video, Harris tells Simpson he is pulling into a doctor’s office parking lot for an appointment.

He told the outlet the appointment was for his wife’s worsening medical condition, and that was his only concern at the time.

“What was I thinking? I was thinking about getting my wife medical help,” Harris told the news station.

“That’s what I was thinking. I wasn’t thinking about the fact that I got a suspended license. I don’t care about all that.”

Harris said he’s been down to the Secretary of State’s Office since the error was brought to his attention, hoping it will be resolved.

“Always double-check behind these workers because they will say that they will do something, and they don’t do it,” he told the outlet.

It’s unclear why his public defender or the Pittsfield Township prosecutor’s office did not catch the error months ago.

Khyla Craine, the deputy legal director for the Michigan secretary of state, explained that getting a driver’s license reinstated can be complicated.

“Sometimes it is simple as we at the Secretary of State’s Office did not get a clearance from the court that everything was done, but something happened in the wires, and we needed to talk to the court to get the clearance and clean it up for the resident,” Craine told the outlet on Friday.