LITTLE FALLS — A Herkimer town judge appeared in court for an arraignment hearing Tuesday and pleaded guilty to a lesser charge in City of Little Falls Court in connection to a drunken driving incident that occurred last month.

Michael Petucci, 49, pleaded guilty to driving while ability impaired on Dec. 12 when he crashed a vehicle into the western wall of the former K-Mart building on South Washington Street in Herkimer. Herkimer police found the vehicle while on patrol and discovered Petucci with nonlife-threatening injuries inside the vehicle. Significant damage was caused to the vehicle.

Petucci originally was charged with driving while intoxicated and failure to submit to a pre-screening test.

Jonathan Cohn, the attorney representing Petucci, met with Oneida County District Attorney’s special prosecutor Stacey Scotti before the start of the arraignment hearing. Following the pre-trial conference, city Judge Mark Rose said a plea deal had been agreed upon and reviewed the terms with Petucci during the hearing.

Besides pleading guilty to DWAI, Petucci paid a $500 fine and will have his license suspended for 90 days.

Cohn declined to comment to the media following the court proceeding.

Petucci has served as Herkimer town justice for 11 years. A spokesman for the New York State Unified Court System said Petucci had been taken off hearing criminal cases while his case was ongoing and that cases would shift to town Judge Karl Manne.

Petucci was sworn in as president of the New York State Magistrates Association in September at the annual conference in Niagara Falls, according to the association’s website. A message from Petucci on the website also said he has served on NYSMA’s Executive Committee for the past seven years.

Petucci also previously served as Herkimer village justice from 2010 to 2015, when he resigned.