Police cited a South Jordan man recently for impersonating a police officer after he claimed to be a deputy and helped hide alcohol at an accident scene.

The man, 21, apparently stopped to visit with one of two parties involved in a Dec. 23 accident at 3500 S. 1750 West, a police report says. He later approached the second car and identified himself as a Salt Lake County deputy sheriff.The man also allegedly allowed his acquaintance in the first car to hide alcohol from police, the report says. Police recovered two bottles of vodka and a plastic cup wrapped in a flannel shirt.

The South Jordan man told the investigating officer that he had wrongly claimed to be a Salt Lake County deputy sheriff but was a fireman instead, according to the report.

However, personnel records indicate the man previously worked for Salt Lake County as a wildlands firefighter during the summer of 1993 but not since, according to county fire officials.