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"Drive By" redirects here. For the ability to perform drive-by shooting, see Drive-By Shooting.
"I'm saying that the East Coast made you drive like an idiot, fool! Man, you always crashing cars and shit. And for some reason now you back, all it is, is 'CJ drive here, CJ drive there'. Bullshit!"

Drive-By is a mission in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas given to protagonist Carl Johnson by Sweet Johnson.


Carl arrives at Sweet's doorstep where he overhears Ryder talking to Sweet, insulting Carl's driving skills, with Ryder not knowing Carl is behind him. Ryder tells Carl that he's always crashing cars, but Sweet convinces Ryder to agree to Carl driving, while he rides shotgun. Carl, Sweet, Ryder and Big Smoke hop into Sweet's car and head to Ballas territory around the Jefferson/Glen Park areas to perform drive-bys. The gang arrive and pull over to go over the plan, with Sweet telling Carl to keep driving and not stop the car at any time

The gang end up shooting three sets of Ballas gang members, before killing a fourth and final set in Glen Park. At this point, they receive police attention. Carl drives over to Pay 'n' Spray to lose them, before driving the gang back to Grove Street.

Mission Objectives

In order to complete the mission the player must:

  • Get in the car
  • Drive your homies into Balla territory
  • Take out the first group of Ballas
  • Take out the second group of Ballas
  • Take out the third group of Ballas
  • Take out the fourth group of Ballas
  • Use the nearby Pay 'n' Spray to lose the cops
  • Take your homies back to the hood


The reward for completing this mission is $500 and increased respect. The missions Home Invasion and Sweet's Girl are also unlocked. The Ballas will now become hostile towards Carl and will shoot at him whenever he is spotted in Ballas territory.


Carl Johnson, Sweet Johnson and Ryder are talking outside of Sweet's House.
Ryder I can drive as well as CJ, man, I'm telling you!
CJ Hey man, what'chu saying about me?
Sweet Now man, why don't you just take it easy.
Ryder Now, no disrespect man, but you can't drive for shit.
CJ Thanks man. Nah, nah, nah, nah, say what'chu really mean.
Sweet You such a good gunner, homie. You gotta ride shotgun, show CJ what's crackin'.
Ryder You know what man, you right. Cheers CJ, you drive, homie.
Sweet Haha, he trippin'.
CJ, Sweet, Ryder and Big Smoke get into Sweet's Greenwood and drive to Glen Park to perform drive-bys on Ballas.
Ryder So what are we doing, homie?
Sweet Rolling Heights Ballas country, do us a little drive-by!
Ryder You know something about that? You're our chauffeur again.
CJ Jeez, thanks, G.
Ryder Just don't drive like an old fool.
Sweet Yeah, Ballas turf. You bros ready?
CJ Yeah, for sure, I'm ready!
Sweet Carl, just concentrate on the driving and we'll take care of the shooting.
Ryder Listen to the man, fool. Try not to park us up a tree or something.
Sweet Yeah, if the car stops, we're dead meat.
CJ, Sweet, Ryder and Big Smoke kill the Ballas then decide to lose their wanted level by visiting the Pay 'n' Spray. Once this is done, they head back to Sweet's house.
Sweet You're down with the Grove and the Ballas know it, so watch yourself from now on, CJ.

Video Walkthroughs


  • If Carl gets out of the car, Sweet will tell him "not to run on [him] again". If Carl walks too far away from the car, Ryder will say, "Damn! He shook us!" before Big Smoke takes the wheel and drives off. The mission will fail and the message "Are you sure you're down for the 'hood?" will appear on-screen.
  • Ryder's comment on CJ's driving could be a reference to the driving of many Grand Theft Auto players and the many crashes they encounter.

See Also

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