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"And now, some housekeeping. A warm Central Division welcome for Detective Cole Phelps."
Gordon Leary

The Driver's Seat is a Traffic case in L.A. Noire. This is the first case Cole Phelps takes on the Traffic Desk, after being promoted from the Patrol Desk.


Cole Phelps and his new partner, Stefan Bekowsky, are called up to investigate an abandoned car, which looks as if a murder was committed inside of it, at the P.E. Freight Depot in the Warehouse District. During the investigation, Phelps finds out that the car is registered to Adrian Black, who has been reported missing the previous evening. Phelps also finds a receipt for a live pig in the trunk of the car, bought by Frank Morgan.

Persons of Interest


  • Investigate P.E. Freight Depot
  • Interview Nate Wilkey
  • Interview Mrs. Black
  • Investigate Black Residence
  • Trace Address of Cavanagh's Bar
  • Investigate Cavanagh's Bar
  • Interview Frank Morgan
  • Charge Frank Morgan or let him go
  • Investigate Morgan's Apartment
  • Apprehend Adrian Black


P.E. Freight Depot

Once you arrive at the crime scene, talk to the coroner and then find the following evidence:

Stencil Found
Thedriversseat blood splashes
Inside a light blue Lincoln Continental Coupe.
Description Large splashes of blood, found inside abandoned vehicle.
Clue White Clues Blood splashes
Thedriversseat receipt
In the trunk of the abandoned vehicle.
Description Live hog purchase receipt, signed by F. Morgan, found in abandoned vehicle.
Clue White Clues Receipt for live hog
POI White P.O.I.'s F. Morgan
Thedriversseat wallet
In front of the vehicle, at the evidence A marker.
Description Wallet belonging to Adrian Black, found near abandoned vehicle.
Clue White Clues Wallet
POI White P.O.I.'s Mrs. Black
Objective White Objectives Interview Mrs. Black
Thedriversseat glasses
In front of the vehicle, at the evidence A marker.
Description Stenzel eyeglasses, broken and repaired, found near abandoned vehicle.
Clue White Clues Glasses
Thedriversseat pipe
To the left of the vehicle between the forked train tracks, at the evidence B marker.
Description Length of steel pipe, InstaHeat brand, stained with blood.
Clue White Clues Bloody pipe

Interview Nate Wilkey:

Question Response Evidence Clue/Location/P.O.I/Lead/Objective
Purpose at scene Truth
Knowledge of Adrian Black Truth
Contents of wallet Doubt
Bloodstained pipe found Truth

Black Residence

Stencil Found
Thedriversseat message
On the dresser in Adrian Black's bedroom.
Description Photograph of Adrian, message on reverse reads 'Hurry back, my darling, Nicole.'
Clue White Clues Concealed message
Thedriversseat glasses case
On the dresser in Adrian Black's bedroom.
Description Stenzel glasses case, found empty.
Clue White Clues Glasses case
Thedriversseat ticket
In the wardrobe in Adrian Black's bedroom.
Description Train ticket with receipt, Los Angeles to Seattle.
Clue White Clues Train ticket
Thedriversseat matchbook
On the table in the dining room, on the kitchen table next to the stove, and on the nightstand in Adrian Black's bedroom.
Description Matchbook marked Cavanagh's Bar.
Clue White Clues Cavanagh's matchbook
Objective White Objectives Trace Address of Cavanagh's
Thedriversseat instaheat receipt
On the kitchen table.
Description InstaHeat water heater installation receipt, dated recently.
Clue White Clues InstaHeat receipt
Thedriversseat instaheat flyer
On the kitchen table.
Description InstaHeat water heater promotional pamphlet, with assembly diagram.
Clue White Clues InstaHeat flyer
  • Inspect both photos of Mr. and Mrs. Black in their separate rooms, which suggests marriage problems.
  • In the dining room, there is a newspaper on the table.

Now, go outside and inspect the new water heater. You will find that you have to arrange the pipes, and once you do, you will find that the pipe that is missing is the same one found at the scene, covered in blood.

Interview Margaret Black

Question Response Evidence Clue/Location/P.O.I/Lead/Objective
Slaughterhouse receipt Truth POI Frank Morgan (Updated)
Photograph signed 'Nicole' Lie Concealed message
Location of Adrian Black Truth
Stenzel glasses case Truth
Cavanagh's Bar matchbook Truth
Alibi for Mrs. Black Truth

Pay attention to the order of these questions, it depends on the order in which you gathered the evidence.

Once you are done, use the telephone in Black's home to find the location of Cavanagh's Bar, if you haven't already.

Cavanagh's Bar

Once you arrive at the bar, talk to the bartender.

Interview Frank Morgan

Question Response Evidence Clue/Location/P.O.I/Lead/Objective
Link to Abandoned Vehicle Lie Receipt for live hog Location Adrian Black Whereabouts (?)
Location of Adrian Black Doubt Location Morgan's Apartment (Updated), Objective Investigate Morgan's Apartment

You will have the choice to arrest or leave Frank Morgan.

  • NOTE: If you fail the questioning, you will have to tail Morgan home to discover Adrian.
  • If you answer the questions correctly, arresting or leaving Morgan alone will not affect your case rating, and he will still appear in a Homicide street crime later.

Morgan's Apartment

During the drive to Morgan's Apartment, you will get another clue via the police radio letting you know that the blood in the car was not human but in fact swine blood (most likely from the hog Frank ordered). If you have your partner drive and skip the scene, you may or may not miss the clue. If you don't get the clue on the way, commandeer a police vehicle, and you should get it.

If you correctly answered Frank's questions, just find his apartment number, number 2, walk up to the door. Adrian will answer the door, where he will tell you that he needed to leave L.A. for a while. He then tells you that he needs to pack his stuff. However, he slams the door in your face, prompting you to kick it down and go after him. However, if you didn't answer his questions correctly, Frank Morgan will answer the door after reassuring Black that they were "in the clear." However, he opens the door to find the detectives outside the door. Cole will ask Adrian to come with him to Downtown. However, Adrian will go out the window and try to escape, while Frank Morgan gives himself up.

Apprehend Adrian Black

Climb out the window and chase Adrian up the fire escape, across the rooftops, down the pipe and he will get cut off by Bekowsky.

Case Briefing

"Newly assigned to the Traffic Squad, Central Division. After a year in uniform, the Detective Bureau was starting to sound like the promised land. First case is an abandoned vehicle, recovered at the Pacific Electric Freight Depot. According to the reporting patrolman and witnesses on site there are signs of foul play. We need to track down the owner, see if anything untoward happened to him."

Case Notes

  • "Adrian Black can look forward to his day in court, and a beating from the LA press."
  • "Frank Morgan would have rolled over on Adrian Black with some tougher questioning."
  • "Mrs Black is no doormat - the right evidence and she would have spilled the beans on her husband."


Video walkthrough

LA Noire - Walkthrough - Mission 5 - The Driver's Seat (5 Star)31:55

LA Noire - Walkthrough - Mission 5 - The Driver's Seat (5 Star)



  • Beginning with this mission, calls for assistance regarding various street crimes will begin to be heard periodically. The player has the option of ignoring these calls for now (to investigate them later while in free roam) or taking on these mini-cases, even in the midst of investigating the main assigned case. If the player chooses the "partner drives" option to get from place to place, these calls will not be heard.
  • Also beginning with this case, amongst all others, the player does not need to immediately head to the scene of the crime or investigation destinations and may, effectively, free roam the city finding landmarks, unlocking vehicles and searching for film reels.

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