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Annandale Man Charged with Assaulting a Police Officer

Joshua Tastaca, 20, was arrested on New Year's Eve after police found him dancing in the street.

An Annandale man has been charged with assault on a police officer. Patch file photo.
An Annandale man has been charged with assault on a police officer. Patch file photo.
An Annandale man has been charged with assault on a police officer following an incident in Springfield on Tuesday.

Fairfax County police responded to a call about a suspicious person in the 7600 block of Old Keene Mill Road on Dec. 31. When officers arrived on scene, they found a man dancing in the street.

The officer attempted to make contact with the man, who was later identified as Joshua Tastaca, 20, of Annandale. Tastaca allegedly attacked the officer with a stick when the officer attempted to take the him into custody. Several citizens came to the officer’s aid, according to police.

Tastaca was charged with assault on a police officer. Charges for disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, interfering with traffic and playing in the roadway are currently pending. 

The injured officer was later transported to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

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