corey harris jailed suspended license zoom court while driving

A Michigan man made headlines after a virtual court appearance went spectacularly wrong. Corey Harris, 44, dialed into his Washtenaw County court hearing on May 15—while actively driving under a suspended license.

Yes, you read that right.

The Setup: Virtual Court Meets Real-Life Consequences

Harris, who was due in court for charges from an earlier arrest in Pittsfield Township, decided to take multitasking to a new level by joining his Zoom hearing while behind the wheel.

Michigan law explicitly prohibits the use of cell phones and other electronic devices while driving, but it seems Harris missed that memo.

As soon as he logged on, Judge J. Cedric Simpson noticed the moving scenery behind Harris and wasted no time addressing the obvious.

Actually, I’m pulling into my doctor’s office actually, so just give me one second. I’m parking right now,” Harris claimed, trying to downplay the situation.

Judge Simpson, however, was having none of it.

With a look that could shatter glass, he remarked, “So maybe I don’t understand something. This is a driving while license suspended (case) … and he was just driving, and he didn’t have a license?

The Realization: A Moment of Pure Disbelief

The courtroom fell into an almost comedic silence as Corey Harris’s grim realization set in.

With his face on full display, Harris’s expression went from confident to a look that screamed, “What have I done?” as the lawyers confirmed to Judge Simpson that Harris was indeed driving without a valid license during his virtual court appearance.

Judge Simpson, channeling the calm fury of a parent whose child just colored the walls with permanent marker, stated, “I don’t even know why he would do that. So the defendant’s bond is revoked in this matter. The defendant is to turn himself in at the Washtenaw County jail by 6 p.m. today. Failure to turn himself in will result in a bench warrant with no bond.

Corey Harris Goes To Jail

As if the situation couldn’t get more cringe-worthy, Harris remained on the Zoom call, his head rolling back in disbelief as he muttered, “Oh my god.”

It was the kind of reaction that perfectly encapsulates the blend of shock and regret in realizing you’ve made a colossal error—live, in front of a judge.

Corey Harris turned himself in as ordered and was released from custody two days later.

He is scheduled to make his next court appearance on June 5.

Watch The Drama Unfold

For those needing a dose of reality-show-level drama, the video clip of this virtual court debacle is making the rounds.

It’s a cautionary tale of what not to do in a court hearing—virtual or otherwise.

So, next time you’re joining a Zoom call, maybe make sure you’re not committing a crime at the same damn time.

Watch the video clip below.

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