Your memory does not fail you.
No fault of Murat's but a car he hired and originally intended to be included in a (nominal) 'line-up' of 10 vehicles (plus one that was the only one of the slightest interest to humans, the Renault Scenic with the Find Madeleine stickers in the back) became a nominal 'line-up' of 9 (plus one, the only one of real interest to humans, the Renault Scenic with the Find Madeleine stickers in the back).
The PJ crashed Robert Murat's hire-car driving it to the garage where the inspection took place.
It wasn't the hire car which they crashed, it was RM's VW Passat.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-490341/Madeleine-Bungling-Portuguese-police-crashed-Murats-van.html
Policia Judiciaria inspectors drove the family's Renault Scenic and Mr Murat's van to the police laboratory in Portimao themselves, instead of sealing them off and transporting them on low-loaders.
They could have destroyed a wealth of potential evidence and contaminated minute DNA traces, experts said yesterday.They even crashed Mr Murat's green Volkswagen Passat on the way
. His lawyer said: "The van was scratched all down one side. The damage is not great but nobody has yet paid for the repairs.
"We don't know how the accident happened."