Michigan man with suspended license video calls court hearing while driving

ANN ARBOR, Michigan. – A Washtenaw County man had his bond revoked and was ordered to turn himself in after participating in a video hearing on charges of driving with a suspended license while driving.

Corey Harris joined his May 15 hearing from his driver’s seat, holding his cell phone and actively driving, in violation of Michigan’s hands-free driving law. He was charged in April after allegedly driving with a suspended license in Pittsfield Township.

When Harris joined the Zoom hearing, Judge Cedric Simpson immediately asked if he was driving. Those were the first words that came out of his mouth.

“I’m going to my doctor’s office,” Harris replied. “Give me a second.”

It takes about a minute before Harris parks the vehicle.

After looking at the documents in front of him, Judge Simpson’s tone became more serious.

“Maybe I don’t understand something, is it for driving with a suspended license?” he asks.

“That’s correct, Your Honor,” responds Harris’ lawyer, Natalie Pate.

“And he was just driving. And he didn’t have a license,” Simpson said.

“Those are the charges, your honor, yes,” Pate replies.

“No. I look at his record. He doesn’t have a license. He was suspended and he was just driving,” Simpson said.

“That is correct, your honor.”

“I don’t even know why he would do that,” Simpson said, shaking his head. “The defendant’s bond is revoked in this case. The defendant must report to the Washtenaw County Jail by 6 p.m. If he does not surrender, he will be subject to a no-bail arrest warrant.

Video of the hearing can be viewed below.

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