A Michigan man's court video of a traffic violation went viral. Now he's in trouble again.

A Detroit-area man's court appearance in May went viral when he appeared on video behind the wheel after being charged with a traffic violation.

PITTSFIELD TOWNSHIP, Michigan – A Detroit-area man whose May court date for a traffic violation went viral when a video of him was seen behind the wheel was arrested Wednesday for the same violation years earlier in another community.

The man was in a court near Ann Arbor for a follow-up hearing on a driving without a license charge when Judge J. Cedric Simpson said there was a 2015 warrant for his arrest in Allen Park, a suburb of Detroit.

The man was taken to prison by a court officer.

“Wow. Was I shocked? Absolutely,” defense attorney Dionne Webster-Cox said outside court.

The man became an internet sensation last week when video of his appearance in Simpson's court on May 15 surfaced.

The man was accused of driving while his license was suspended. He appeared via video, which is common practice in court even after the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I'm going to my doctor's office. Just give me a second,” the man told the judge.

Simpson was astonished that a man with a suspended license was driving during a court hearing. He revoked the man's bail and ordered him to appear at the Washtenaw County Jail that same evening. The man was held for two days.

The judge clarified on Wednesday that the driver's license suspension had never been lifted and dismissed news reports that the man was a victim of government incompetence.

“He’s never had a driver’s license, ever,” Simpson said.

Michigan's Secretary of State, who is responsible for licensing, said the judge was right.

Webster-Cox said her goal is to resolve the legal proceedings and get the man legally licensed to drive.

“I can't change the past. … At the end of the day, mind your own business,” she said.


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