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Obstruction charges dropped against Eastern Washington football players Gage Gubrud, Kurt Calhoun

Obstruction charges against Eastern Washington quarterback Gage Gubrud, left, and linebacker Kurt Calhoun have been dropped, according to court officials. (Eastern Washington University Athletics / Courtesy)

Obstruction charges against two Eastern Washington football players have been dismissed.

Quarterback Gage Gubrud and linebacker Kurt Calhoun had been scheduled to appear in Cheney Municipal Court on Thursday morning, but an off-docket dismissal was granted on Wednesday, according to court officials.

Gubrud and Calhoun had been charged with obstructing police officers who were attempting to arrest their friend, Spencer Payne, who still faces charges of malicious mischief for allegedly damaging property at a downtown Cheney restaurant, the Mason Jar, on the night of Nov. 4-5.

“They felt they had some important information to pass on to law enforcement,” attorney Bevan Maxey said of Gubrud and Calhoun. “It was not their intent to obstruct the investigation.

“The basic premise was that they were trying to be difficult – that wasn’t their intent,” said Maxey, who added that “some facts (in the police report) were potentially in dispute.”

Another factor in the dismissal, according to Maxey, is that both Gubrud and Calhoun have no criminal history.