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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, criticising Carl's driving skills, with Ryder oblivious to the fact Carl is standing 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 get into Sweet's car and drive to Ballas territory around the Jefferson/Glen Park areas to perform a series of drive-by shootings. The gang arrive and pull over at the side of the road to discuss the plan, with Sweet telling Carl to continue 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 the Pay 'n' Spray in Idlewood to lose them, before taking 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.

Instructional Messages

Drive your vehicle into the spray shop to lose your wanted level, repair and respray your vehicle. Cost - $100. This time it's free.
Your wanted level has been suspended, if you commit a crime whilst the stars are flashing your full wanted level will be reinstated.


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, either Sweet will shout "not to run out on [him] again" or Ryder will tell Big Smoke and Sweet: "Man, what'd I tell y'all – told you he was a buster!". If Carl walks too far away from the car, Ryder will say, "Damn! He shook us!" before Big Smoke says "Motherfucker! I've got a wheel!", takes the wheel and drives away. 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.
    • Also, if the car is on fire and Carl jumps out, the mission will fail and prompts the following: "Your homies didn't make it".
  • Ryder's comment on Carl's driving could be a reference to the driving of many Grand Theft Auto players, and the many crashes they have due to recklessness.
  • The only way to actually lose the wanted level in this mission is to go to the Pay 'n' Spray in Idlewood where the mission tells the player to go, 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.
  • Big Smoke doesn't appear in the first cutscene but he is present during the rest of the mission.
  • It is possible to walk away before first entering the car, and roam freely indefinitely. In this state, no matter what he does, Carl will not attain a wanted level, not even if he enters restricted areas, which allows early exploration of the map. Even if attacked, cops or gang members will not fight back. Missions of any type cannot be started, but collectibles and weapons can be gathered. Furthermore, the Doherty garage in San Fierro can be used to store cars before Carl owns the deed. If Carl is wasted, the mission will end, and the game will return to normal.
  • If Carl does a stunt jump in the Greenwood with the homies in it, Smoke will sometimes say some unique dialogues.
  • At the end of the mission, Sweet says "You're down with the Grove and the Ballas know it", which explains why they are hostile to CJ after this mission.

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