The video, which has caused a buzz since Neuchâtel police posted it on Facebook last week, shows a car start to move slowly across the carriageway of the A5 motorway in the afternoon of October 17th.
It had been parked on the hard shoulder where its driver was talking to the driver of a lorry, which was also parked there.
As the video shows, noticing his vehicle had started to move, the car driver chases it across two lanes of traffic, where it crashes into the central reservation and back across the road, while cars and lorries try to avoid it.
The car finally comes to a stop against a signpost on grass between the motorway and the exit lane.
Posting the video on Facebook Neuchâtel police said they had identified the driver of both the car and the lorry.
“The two men, of mature age, know each other and live in the area,” police spokesman Pierre-Louis Rochaix told Le Matin.
Rochaix said it was “completely crazy” that despite the number of vehicles that must have witnessed the incident, no one came forward to report it to police.
It wasn’t until road maintenance workers saw the damage to the central reservation and signpost that the surveillance video was analyzed.
The car driver will face charges of placing others in serious danger by the accidental movement of his car.
Rochaix added it was also irresponsible of the pair to have parked on the hard shoulder.