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TUESDAY JANUARY 3 2017 NEWS 05 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA A KNIFE-WIELDING man allegedly abducted his former partner late on Sunday night and had to be talked into giving himself up by police negotiators. The 32-year-old was in police custody late yesterday as investigations into his alleged actions continued. Northern Territory Police Duty Superintendent Louise Jorgensen said the alleged ab Knife drama at Millner Man allegedly abducts former partner from her house duction would have been a terrifying ordeal for the 28year-old victim and her family. Supt Jorgensen said the woman was allegedly abducted by her former just before midnight from her house at Millner. He allegedly forced the woman into a vehicle, she said. The man allegedly threat ened to harm the womans family if she did not leave the Millner house with him. The womans panicked family members raised the alarm with police, just moments after they had been threatened at knifepoint. Police tracked the car to the city, where security camera operators spotted the mans car in Shadforth Lane some 30 minutes after the woman was forced into her car. Armed Tactical Response Group officers and police negotiators confronted the man and convinced him to give himself up, Supt Jorgensen said. An area around Shadforth Lane had to be cordoned off as negotiators spoke with the still-armed man and as TRG officers waited in the background should things have gone awry. Police held grave fears for the womans safety in the face of her armed and erratic former partner. She escaped shaken, but physically unharmed from the ordeal. There was no apparent motive for the alleged threats and abduction and certain aspects of the ordeal remain unclear, the NT News understands. A source said the man may have been suffering from a mental health issues and is likely to undergo assessment while in custody. A police spokesman said depending on the outcome of an interview with the man which police were hoping to finish overnight or today it could be days before charges were laid. CRAIG DUNLOP AN attempt to cross floodwaters on the Marrakai Rd left an ambitious driver up shit creek, clutching to the roof of his car as he waited for help to arrive. A witness, who asked not to be named, said the group, who appeared to have been drink Floody risky driver and his mates up the creek without any paddles ing, advised their driver not to attempt crossing the flooded road. The warning, it appears, was unheeded. The fella was just sitting on his roof ... and his mates were just waiting for help to arrive, the witness said. They said: no, no, were not going in, well just wait here. The witness and a few friends were themselves trying to make it to the Margaret River on Sunday afternoon after fishing in a culvert. Im always keen to help people out ... last year we came across somebody stuck in a creek (but) I think this bloke was just up shit creek, he said. The Nissan Patrol was almost completely underwater, and the witness said the driver was lucky to have not caught the attention of local crocs. There wasnt really anything I could do for him. There was no way anyone could get across from that. The NT News understands the man eventually swam to safety. He and his passengers were OK ... help was on its way. (They were) celebrating New Year and (were) very merry. Marrakai Rd, on the outskirts of Darwin, remains flooded and closed between the Margaret and Adelaide Rivers. Other parts of the road are damaged and recommended only for high-clearance 4WDs. Heavy rains that have lashed the Top End in recent weeks show no signs of easing soon. Dozens of roads remain closed, impassable or have warnings in place because of floods or storm damage. The Bureau of Meteorology expects river levels in the western Top End to continue rising in coming days, potentially cutting off some towns until rains ease. CRAIG DUNLOP From Page 1 WHEN the 2016 box office figures came out at the weekend, it was no real surprise to see that four of the top 10 movies were superhero films. As they have been for most of the last decade, fuelled first by Christopher Nolans Batman trilogy and then the Iron Man-led Marvel Cinematic Universe, the big-budget, effects-heavy, wildly-varying-inquality blockbusters have become the dominant genre on the big screen. What was surprising though, was that Deadpool, Ryan Reynolds ultra-violent, tongue-in-cheek, self-referential action romp came out as top dog, proving that theres life in the genre yet. With a mighty $43 million take, it came out more than $10 million ahead of better-credentialed and more-hyped team-up films including Suicide Squad, Captain America: Civil War and Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice. And while Reynolds crushed the hopes of geeks around the world last when he shut down speculation he might make a cameo in Hugh Jackmans farewell to Wolverine, titled Logan, theres bound to be plenty more shocks and surprises with the very full slate of super-titles down for Queens cold raising fears CONCERNS over the Queens health are growing after she yesterday missed church for an unprecedented second week running due to a heavy cold. The 90-year-old monarch is battling a bug she contracted in mid- December which led her to miss the Christmas Day service with the rest of the Royal Family for the first time in living memory. Sources said she was struggling with a hacking cough. Doctors advised her to stay indoors with her dogs and not put herself through the strain of a public appearance on a morning of heavy rain. Despite the concern, royal aides insisted the monarch was on the mend. this year. Six-year-old Zuccoli girl Alicia Thornton said she would be firmly following the craze this year. Wonder Woman is my favourite because she has all that cool powers and stuff, Alicia said. I look forward to the next Wonder Woman movie that is coming out. Wonder Woman, aka Alicia Thornton, 7, channels her inner superhero at her local park Picture: JUSTIN KENNEDY Six times the alcohol limit A DRIVER who crashed into a power pole at 9am yesterday blew six times the legal limit. Northern Territory Police Duty Superintendent Louise Jorgensen said there were reports that speed played a role in the crash, which saw the man crash into a power pole. To have that much alcohol in your system at that time of the morning, thats just madness, Supt Jorgensen said. He blew 0.3 on a handheld. The crash marked the end to a busy night on Darwin roads, with a three car pileup on Rapid Creek Rd around 10pm Sunday evening after a driver stopped suddenly to avoid flooding. Two other drivers were unable to stop in time. Supt Jorgensen said drivers should take extra care in the rain. Superhero craze gains power