BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Former Australian test player Scott Higginbotham has been cleared over an incident involving Queensland state police after charges against him were dropped on Friday.

Higginbotham, who plays for the Brisbane-based Reds in Super Rugby, was charged in February with obstructing police after one of his friends was arrested for urinating in public.

He was expected to enter a plea at Brisbane Magistrates Court on Friday, but police prosecutor Kevin Carmont formally dropped the charges.

Higginbotham's lawyer Angelo Venardos said there had been extensive negotiations with police: "He is very pleased that the matter is behind him. It's a difficult situation ... but Scott has the utmost respect for the police."

The 31-year-old Higginbotham has played 34 tests for Australia but none since the Wallabies' shocking loss to Scotland in June.