Police looking for suspected drunk driver who caused deadly crash

Police are asking for your help to track down a suspected drunk driver who's wanted in a deadly crash. He took off after a state trooper saved his life.

"You try not to think about him actually burning to death and not being able to help him," said Chris Arcand, brother of victim.

The brother and father of 27-year-old David Arcand, along with Michigan State Trooper Matt Unterbrink, sadly recall the night of December 6th, 2012 like it was yesterday. That's the night David Arcand's life was taken.

"You don't lose that feeling of watching a body burn," said Matt Unterbrink from Michigan State Police.

Police say on that cold night, a man, now identified as 35-year-old Christopher Gaines, was driving drunk, going the wrong way on I-96 near Southfield around midnight, when he hit Arcand who was driving home from work at the Chrysler plant.

"The ridiculous thing is, we were short parts at work, at Chrysler, he should not have been on the road," said John Arcand, victim's father.

Trooper Unterbrink was unable to save Arcand, but he pulled Gaines to safety, burning himself in the process. Trooper Unterbrink met the Arcand family for the first time Monday.

"It's hard to look at them," said Unterbrink. "I saved the life of the guy that killed their son."

That man, on the run ever since, is wanted for vehicular homicide. Gaines also goes by the name of Mark Steel, he's facing 15 years in prison. He's described as being about 6' 2" tall and weighing about 300 pounds. Crime Stoppers is now offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to his capture.

"Of all the lies and things he told his lawyer, he never once showed any remorse," said Chris Arcand.

"How can you spend that much time at the bar and not spend ten dollars to get a cab?" said John Arcand.

The family is still struggling to get by day-to-day, without their brother, their son.

"We need some closure. It'd be nice to see this guy stand up for what he did," said John Arcand.

Hoping for some peace and this man behind bars.

"You need to fess up for what you did, be a man," said Unterbrink.

The Michigan State Police and the family of David Arcand are asking anyone who knows where Chris Gaines, A.K.A. Mark Steel is, to please come forward. You can remain anonymous, by calling Crime Stoppers at 1-800-speak-up. 

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