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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, homie, wassup. Hey, what you saying about me, fool?
Sweet Wassup, man?
Ryder 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.
Sweet Man, why don't you just take it easy.
Ryder 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 gunman, homie. You gotta ride shotgun, show CJ what's crackin'.
Ryder Hey, you know something - you right. Yeah, CJ, you can drive, homie.
Sweet Haha, he's 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 somethin', matter of fact, you're our chauffeur for this little gig. C'mon.
CJ Jeez, thanks, G.
Ryder Just don't drive like no fool.
CJ, Sweet, Ryder and Big Smoke stop at Jefferson, preparing to do a drive-by.
Sweet Yeah, Ballas turf. You dogs 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.
Big Smoke *after first drive-by* We iced them! CJ, lets hunt down some more!
Sweet *after next drive-by* That was way too easy! Lets go blast on some more Ballas fools.
Ryder *after next drive-by* What you waiting for, CJ? Find us some more Ballas so we can cap 'em.
Sweet *after last drive-by* Smash on it, Carl, smash!
CJ, Sweet, Ryder and Big Smoke lose their wanted level by visiting the Pay 'n' Spray. Once this is done, they head back to Sweet's house.
Sweet Yeah, Grove is back, man, Grove is back!
CJ Yeah, for sure, they was slippin' man!
Ryder Man. I'm shocked you didn't get us killed, CJ! Let me check myself. Am I dead?
Sweet Hey, Carl, ignore that motherfucker, you did good today.
CJ, Sweet, Ryder and Big Smoke pull up near Sweet's house.
Sweet You're down with the Grove and the Ballas know it, so watch yourself from now on, CJ.
CJ Yeah, yeah, for sure, you know that. I'll see y'all later.
Big Smoke Here, take this, go get yourself some beers.

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 "You sure you're down for the 'hood?" will appear on-screen. A video of this can be seen here.
  • 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.
  • The only way to actually lose the wanted level in this mission is to go to the Pay 'n' Spray the mission tells you to as the others won't work. A video of this can be seen here.
  • It is not possible to lose wanted level in this mission by picking up police bribes, a video of this can be seen here.

See Also

Prev:  Nines and AKs Next: Sweet's Girl


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