THP Trooper Michael Arguello is assigned to patrol Dyer County using the motorcycle when weather permits. THP Memphis District Capt. Joel Deal said the motorcycle is used just like a patrol unit and is equipped with radio and radar.
"It's another way for us to ensure the safety of our motorists," said Deal.
This is believed to be one of the first motorcycles assigned by the THP to Dyer County.
Also, Arguello is one of only two THP motorcycles assigned to the Memphis District, which includes Crockett, Dyer, Fayette, Hardeman, Haywood, Lake, Lauderdale, Obion, Shelby, and Tipton counties.
The second motorcycle has been assigned to Trooper Mark Williams in Haywood County.
Motorcycles in the THP date back to it's formation in December of 1929. In 1930, the THP purchased 55 motorcycles and five patrol cars. In 1958, an elite Tennessee Highway Patrol motorcycle unit called the "Yellow Jackets" was formed to lower traffic fatalities. The unit was so called because they drove yellow motorcycles wore leather jackets that were also dyed yellow.