LAKEVILLE, Minn. (AP) — Police say two young children are safe after their father attempted to kill them and himself in Lakeville.

Authorities say a family member found the father and his sons, ages 2 and 4, in a running vehicle in a closed garage with a hose routed from the exhaust pipe to car's interior about 1:30 a.m. Thursday.

The family member called police, but the father had fled with the children in the vehicle by the time officers arrived.

Lakeville Police Chief Jeff Long says the vehicle was spotted in Burnsville about 4 a.m. and the father was taken into custody after resisting arrest. Long says the children were checked by paramedics and are OK. He says the children were turned over to their mother, who's estranged from the father.