BROOKINGS — A possibly intoxicated motorist pulled out a pistol and killed himself in the presence of a reserve sheriff’s deputy, according to authorities in Curry County.

Sheriff John Ward said the incident happened at about 5:30 p.m. Saturday after the reserve deputy came across a vehicle that had crashed into a ditch at the corner of North Bank Chetco Road and Ferry Creek Heights.

The deputy was assisting the driver, later identified as a 55-year-old Brookings man, from the vehicle when the motorist suddenly pulled a pistol from his pocket and shot himself in the head, Ward said.

Police officers and firefighters from Brookings rushed to the scene to assist the deputy, who was awaiting backup from Gold Beach, Ward said.

An investigation regarding a possible motive is underway. The driver, Andrew Geldersma, had appeared to be intoxicated, Ward said.