Washington State Patrol chief suffers stroke, is recovering well

Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste appears to be on the mend after he suffered a stroke over the weekend.

Batiste, 59, was vacationing with his family in Hawaii when he had the stroke. Doctors advised him against flying yet so Batiste is undergoing physical therapy in Hawaii.

“We take that as a good sign,” State Patrol spokesman Robert Calkins said of how quickly Batiste started therapy.

The chief hopes to fly back to the mainland by Thanksgiving and return to work within a few months, Calkins said.

Batiste was appointed chief in February 2005.