Man who became known on the Internet with his revoked driving license had his driving license revoked 2 years ago

Corey Harris became a laughing stock last week after a viral video showed him driving and attending a Zoom court hearing despite his driver's license allegedly being revoked.

And although the stunned judge ultimately ordered Harris to turn himself in at the Washington County Jail later that day, it appears the 44-year-old should not have been charged at all, as another judge had already ordered his license reinstated two years ago.

Accordingly WXYZHarris' driver's license was suspended due to a child support dispute with a Saginaw County friend of the court. But in January 2022, a judge lifted the suspension and ordered his license reinstated so he can drive again.

“The ban should have been lifted two years ago, but it wasn't,” Harris told the news agency.

The Michigan Secretary of State's office said the friend of the court never sent them the court's approval for 2022. Harris, who ultimately spent two days in jail, said he drove his wife to a doctor as her health was deteriorating.

“What was I thinking? I was thinking about getting medical help for my wife. That's what I was thinking,” Harris said when asked about his thoughts as he appeared in court via video. “I wasn't thinking about the fact that my license was suspended. I don't care about any of that.”

Harris' appearance behind the wheel drew a shocked reaction from Washtenaw County Judge J. Cedric Simpson. “Mr. Harris, are you driving?” Simpson asked in the video, according to footage posted by

“I'm driving to my doctor's office right now,” Harris said in the video. “Maybe I don't understand something. This is driving with a suspended license. [case],” Simpson told Harris's lawyer after he parked. “And he was just driving. And he didn't have a license.”

Harris's lawyer tried to explain that this was just “the charges,” but Simpson replied, “No, I'm looking at his record. He doesn't have a driver's license.” “I don't even know why he would do that,” Simpson said before revoking Harris's bail and sentencing him to prison.

“Oh my God,” Harris was heard saying. After his release from prison, Harris said WXYZ that he had again turned to the Foreign Minister to find a solution to his case. He also described the incident as “very embarrassing”.

“Given the nature of my ties to the church and the community, this is very embarrassing,” he added.

The 44-year-old also offers some advice: “Always double-check these employees because they say they will do something and then don’t do it.”