Honeytrap. Duly warned...
and thank'ee. AC@21:42 GMT is right.
"Just the driver"? Standard-issue good-ol'-boy wisecrack where I live. It's a pun - the expert "drives" the action - but Ossifer Plod hath no punny-bone in his gone-black 'n' schwizzled little heart; he apparently Just Don't Get Those'uns, ever, except among other uniformed ones.
Then it can go quite pun-ugly; this one once happed into one of those bully-bull-bull-sessions, years ago. Had to wait (respectfully listening with rising horror) before addressing the business at hand.
All police operations that depend on sucker-play, Non-Cooperative Game Theory and the Hegelian Dialectic for their ongoing sustenance really should now cease, or face discontinuance. They sure most likely won't - but sure as tish stniks, so help me they should.
After this coming to light, I shall insist on a public "Hold Harmless" notice first being published in the local paper's Legal Notice section before ever I consent to touch *any* evidentiary laptop against which Ossifer Plod might desire to ever engage my own tools, keys and expertise to open for the Publick Good and the Sake of the Children.
Needn't have much from academic bona fides at all to see where the Civic Duty Road now leads, these days. (Chuck-holes galore.) Social contract is now even further broken - sorry, dunno much 'bout these newfangled Vista/wotzat boxen anyway, and do not want to, ever at all, any more, now.
MISTER Plod: Go crack yer own evvy-dense. You BLEW it *bigtime*. No trusted party any more in YOU!
IMHO: Police officers who operate in such a manner as was done in this instance should be given to practice the "Want fries with that?" speech until they Get It Right - and then punch into that fine corpy burger stand right regular on-shift and on-time every day, for the Prevailing Wage. (See prior comment re recyling a job-lot of Former Investment Bankers for tantalizing details of the Ideal Burger Scene.)