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Most Wanted Sex Offender from E. Texas arrested after Panhandle manhunt

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Doug Otis Sims (Source: DPS) Doug Otis Sims (Source: DPS)

An East Texas man recently added to the Texas Department of Public Safety's Texas 10 Most Wanted Sex Offenders list has been arrested.

According to Armstrong County Chief Deputy Brandon Brown, 32-year-old Doug Otis Sims of Center was taken into custody Monday after leading police on a manhunt in the Texas Panhandle.

Authorities received a call reporting a suspicious vehicle containing a male driver and female passenger stranded on the side of Highway 287 near Claude. Upon Deputy Brown's arrival, only a female passenger was found inside the vehicle. When Brown inquired about the male driver the female told him that he had taken off to avoid police.

The deputy noticed that the license plate number on the sedan had been altered using black tape. After removing the tape, Brown ran the correct license plate number though the system and found that the plate matched the vehicle's description. The plates on the car were issued in Harris County and the registration was issued in Shelby County, but both were registered in Sims' name.

Brown called in authorities from three counties, DPS and the Texas Department of Corrections after learning of Sims' status as a wanted sex offender. Search dogs and an airplane were brought in from the TDC in Lubbock.

Sims was discovered just 100 yards from his vehicle hiding in tall grass. He attempted to flee from authorities again on foot, but was tackled by a deputy. He was taken to the Armstrong County Jail and is awaiting extradition back to Shelby County.

DPS was offering a $3,000 reward for tips leading to the arrest of Sims. He has a violent criminal past and was considered armed and dangerous. He was wanted for failure to comply with sex offender registration and burglary of a habitation. In 2003, he was convicted of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl nine times over a period of several months.

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