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Police say man on Broadway ignores commands to wear mask, is arrested

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- A man is arrested in downtown Nashville for not wearing his face covering, police said.

Joshua Mesic, 30, is arrested by Metro Nashville police Friday night on Broadway and 4th Avenue South for ignoring commands to wear his mask, which is a violation of Metro Ordinance 8, according to police. They say an officer approached Mesic to wear a mask at Broadway and 3rd Ave. S., and he initially pulled up his face gaiter, but after passing by, pulled it down.

The officer again asked Mesic to wear a mask, but this time continued to walk away and ignore the order. The officer followed behind.

Another officer stopped Mesic, who attempted to go around him, but his path was blocked, according to police. When Mesic turned back, he was met by the initial officer, who commanded him to stop.

Mesic then pulled his face gaiter back up and stopped. He, however, refused to provide identification upon the officer's request, saying "he didn't have any."

When the officer asked his name, Mesic only provided his first name, say police. He was then taken into custody and placed under arrest.

During a search, officers, discovered his wallet with identification.

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Mesic was charged with violating a health regulation. He has since been released from jail.

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