EVERETT — A dark Honda Accord crashed off the road on a rainy Christmas Eve in 2014, east of Sultan on U.S. 2.
A state trooper asked the driver his name.
He said he was an Everett man, 41, living on Wetmore Avenue. But when the ticket showed up in that man’s mailbox weeks later, he rang the Washington State Patrol. It wasn’t him. They showed him video of the conversation, and he saw the face of his brother, David Elmer, 46.
“I don’t have my wallet on me, sir,” Elmer had told the trooper. “I left it at home.”
This week, Elmer was convicted of his 28th felony, for criminal impersonation.
The same day, he also pleaded guilty to his 27th felony, for being a middleman in a drug deal for an ounce of meth in Everett in fall 2014.
Elmer won’t serve any extra time on top of the two years and five months he’s already serving, for attempting to elude police and second-degree malicious mischief.
His rap sheet stretches back to an attempted burglary at age 14, in Snohomish County.
After his first conviction as an adult in 1993, he was ordered to serve five years on probation and about four months in jail for burglary and theft in Wailuku, on the island of Maui.
Since then he has struggled to stay out of jail. Sentences take up two pages of court records:
Five months for forgery in 1998.
Six months for forgery in 2000.
Another six months for forgery in 2000.
Just under two years for forgery and attempted second-degree burglary in 2000.
Just over two years for three counts of forgery in 2006.
Four years for forgery, ID theft and possession of stolen property in 2007.
More than 4½ years for two counts of ID theft, two counts of possession of stolen property and possession of meth in 2011.
Meanwhile, he’s been convicted of over two-dozen misdemeanors.
Two felony cases were pending in Nov. 10, 2017, when his ex-girlfriend reported he broke out her bedroom window. Elmer pounded on her door with such force that she braced herself against it, while he threatened to kill her, charging papers say.
Police found him in his truck across the street in the 10100 block of Evergreen Way. Officers ordered him to get out — but he started the engine and put it in reverse, crashing into a patrol car about 20 feet away. From there, he barrelled through an electrical line tethered to a power pole and evaded police at double the speed limit.
He ran red lights in a 7-mile chase, before he lost control and spun out on Alderwood Mall Boulevard.
A state trooper ran after him for another mile. During the foot chase, Elmer claimed he had a weapon and threatened to kill the trooper, according to the charges.
At a construction site, he climbed into the seat of a bulldozer, where he was finally arrested. He told the trooper he’d used heroin and meth. By the time they reached the hospital to ensure he was healthy enough for jail booking, he’d fallen into a deep sleep. Elmer pleaded guilty in October to attempting to elude police and second-degree malicious mischief, his 25th and 26th felonies.
Meanwhile, his other cases were still pending, until he pleaded guilty on Monday. Superior Court Judge Cindy Larsen approved a plea bargain in that case Tuesday, tacking on the convictions to his record, but adding no actual jail time.
“I’m just glad to get this behind me,” Elmer told the judge, in a nearly empty courtroom.
Larsen asked if he will have job prospects when he’s released from jail. He replied that he’d been a mechanic, employed up to the day of his arrest.
“And my dad’s trying to get me into the carpentry union,” Elmer said. “So there is some possibilities of some promise.”
Caleb Hutton: 425-339-3454; firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter: @snocaleb.