The images were captured in the Russian city of Voronezh and show the two people in the bathtub being pulled down the motorway by the car, with other images showing them letting off fireworks as the car goes around in circles in what appears to be a car park.
The third video shows the pranksters still letting off fireworks as they are towed by the car in busy traffic, with one of the daredevils even standing up inside the moving bathtub and dangerously firing the fireworks horizontally.
Local media quoted the police as saying that they had arrested those involved, saying: “Employees of the State Traffic Inspectorate brought to justice young people who use the bathroom to get around.”
Other Russian media said that the Regional Department of Internal Affairs said on Saturday, 4th November: “State traffic police inspectors brought to administrative responsibility the driver of a Honda Accord, who on 3rd November this year at 20:45 in Voronezh was transporting a bathtub with passengers as a trailer.”
The authorities also said: “The motorist was held accountable under Part 2 of Article 12.23 of the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation for transporting passengers outside the vehicle cabin and Part 1.1 of Article 12.17 of the Code of Administrative Offenses of the Russian Federation for driving vehicles in the lane for fixed-route vehicles.”
A 25-year-old passenger in the car also faces charges, according to reports.
Neither the driver, nor the passenger, nor the two people seen in the footage being towed behind the car in the bathtub have been named.
The investigation is ongoing.