Michigan man who drove during viral hearing will get his license back in 2022, records show

Man whose driving went viral during virtual hearing will get his license back in 2022

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Court records show that a man who was asked to turn himself in after a virtual court hearing – one that went viral after the man apparently accidentally admitted to breaking the law by driving without a license – he should actually have had a valid driving license.

Corey Harris, 44, participated via Zoom in his May 15 hearing in Washtenaw County on charges stemming from an earlier arrest in Pittsfield Township near Ann Arbor.

Judge J. Cedric Simpson saw Harris driving during the hearing and asked, “Maybe I'm not understanding something. This is a case of driving without a license… and he was just driving, and he didn't have a license?”

Simpson continued, saying, “I don't even know why he would do that,” before revoking Harris' bail and ordering him to turn himself in that same day.

Harris was released from custody two days later, but court documents show his driver's license had been reissued in 2022. Due to a clerical error, the change was not evident in his record.

CBS News Detroit has reached out to the Michigan Secretary of State's office for comment on the error.

There is a law in Michigan that prohibits the use of cell phones and other electronic devices while driving.

Host Tony Dokoupil discussed the story on “CBS Mornings” offered his own perspectiveshared a mugshot of himself and said: “Sometimes the government does things like this for stupid reasons. I know this from experience.”

Earlier this year, Dokoupil shared the story of his arrest on Instagram, explaining: “I was speeding to the airport and got pulled over. That's when I learned that my license had been suspended in New York for an unpaid red light ticket that was sent to an old address and that I didn't even know I had incurred.”

Dokoupil said he spent time in the Ramsey County, North Dakota, jail because of this incident.